Definition: tending to awaken or incite appetite or passion <his speech provoked my curiosity>; stimulating a specific response <her stories provoke laughter>

Synonyms: arouse, induce, move, stir up, thought-provoking

Balancing Qualities: Appropriate, Discretion

Note: This is a quality with some negative connotations, but we are using it here in its best possible sense. Watch for the sensitivities of others when provoking interest. Keep your motives pure, your intent honorable, and your words tactful.