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Definitionto cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
- At this wild and singular appeal, which indicated that Hester Prynne's situation had provoked her to little less than madness, the young minister at once came forward, pale, and holding his hand over his heart, as was his custom whenever his peculiarly nervous temperament was thrown into agitation.Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (60% in)
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