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Word for doing something only because it provokes a reaction from others [duplicate]

Some people act in ways that provoke surprised or shocked reactions from others, mainly because they enjoy getting those reactions and not because of any inherent desire to perform the action itself. ...
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Word for someone who is ignorant and proud?

Many a times, we tend to meet someone who is ignorant yet arrogant; to the extent that they can go a long way blabbing about something they don't really know with so much vigour. What can you refer to ...
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What do you call a person who does/thinks the opposite of the crowd for just that reason?

Such a person does not hold in high regard the decisions taken by a group (not a team) of people. She believes that groups tend to be anarchic and don't serve their purpose. An example would be - for ...
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Other expressions for “to be the devil's advocate”?

Is there another way or expression to say: He is the devil's advocate I don't quite like this expression, and I don't know if it is a good idea to use it in a religious context.
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Is there a word for someone who is usually in the minority?

My original question was "Is there a legitimate word for 'a balancer'?" but I think it's a little hard to understand... Let's just say there is a person, and most of the time, he is in the minority. ...
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Adjective meaning “argumentative for argument's sake”?

Quite often, the phrase "x for x's sake" is used in English, and so one could describe someone as being "argumentative for argument's sake" to describe someone who is arguing for the sake of arguing. ...
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What do you call someone who likes controversial things? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you call a person who does/thinks the opposite of the crowd for just that reason? For example, there is an almost-normal person, but this person has a special quality, ...
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What's the word for someone who opposes a generally established opinion? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a noun to describe someone who's against something. For example: He's one of those people who oppose the idea of... I know you can simply say "He's against the idea of", but I was ...
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Have definition; searching for matching word [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Other expressions for “to be the devil's advocate”? Given the definition: "the adoption of an ostensibly defensible position, less because one actually ...
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Someone passing ' only instigating remarks (not conflicting) to annoy you for the sake of starting an argument

Let's consider it's my annoying younger brother that I'm referring to. This situation is complicated as I'm looking for a combination of Argumentative(minus the sense of disagreement)+ Annoying(plus ...