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provoke
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  • I won’t provoke my betters with knowledge, thank you.
  • ’That I want to be satisfied about?’ she replied, with provoking coldness.
  • ’And I can’t bear to hear you provoking the gentlemen, and endangering of yourself more.
  • Here Mr. Micawber provokingly left off; and began to peel the lemons that had been under my directions set before him, together with all the other appliances he used in making punch.
  • Mr. Dick was so very complacent, sitting on the foot of the bed, nursing his leg, and telling me this, with his eyes wide open and a surprised smile, that I am sorry to say I was provoked into explaining to him that ruin meant distress, want, and starvation; but I was soon bitterly reproved for this harshness, by seeing his face turn pale, and tears course down his lengthened cheeks, while he fixed upon me a look of such unutterable woe, that it might have softened a far harder heart…

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  • Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
  • We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.

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