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provocation
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Moby Dick
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  • It is not the least among the strange things bred by the intense artificialness of sea-usages, that while in the open air of the deck some officers will, upon provocation, bear themselves boldly and defyingly enough towards their commander; yet, ten to one, let those very officers the next moment go down to their customary dinner in that same commander’s cabin, and straightway their inoffensive, not to say deprecatory and humble air towards him, as he sits at the head of the table;

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  • Police are expected to hold their temper regardless of the degree of verbal provocation.
  • the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation

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