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provocation
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  • The learned gentleman who weeps by the pint on the smallest provocation has not shed a tear these six weeks.
  • Under this provocation, Mr. Smallweed’s favourite adjective of disparagement is so close to his tongue that he begins the words "my dear friend" with the monosyllable "brim," thus converting the possessive pronoun into brimmy and appearing to have an impediment in his speech.

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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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