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.