It was such a very provoking question (for it had never in the most distant manner occurred to me), that I said, snappishly,— "Biddy, what do you mean?"
While I felt sincerely obliged to him for being so interested and considerate, I had an odd half-provoked sense of suspicion upon me, that if Joe had been coming to see him, he wouldn’t have been quite so brisk about it.
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.