This is all very provoking to Miss Scatcherd, who is naturally neat, punctual, and particular.
"I was not dreaming," I said, with some warmth, for her brazen coolness provoked me.
"How provoking!" exclaimed Miss Ingram: "you tiresome monkey!"
Look wicked, Jane: as you know well how to look: coin one of your wild, shy, provoking smiles; tell me you hate me — tease me, vex me; do anything but move me: I would rather be incensed than saddened.
He continued to send for me punctually the moment the clock struck seven; though when I appeared before him now, he had no such honeyed terms as "love" and "darling" on his lips: the best words at my service were "provoking puppet,"
I thought Diana very provoking, and felt uncomfortably confused; and while I was thus thinking and feeling, St. John bent his head; his Greek face was brought to a level with mine, his eyes questioned my eyes piercingly — he kissed me.
Don’t start when I chance to speak rather sharply; it’s so provoking."
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.