To my surprise the question provoked a burst of anger from the salesman.
His nostrils seemed to dilate with a purely animal lust for the chase, and his mind was so absolutely concentrated upon the matter before him that a question or remark fell unheeded upon his ears, or, at the most, only provoked a quick, impatient snarl in reply.
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.