It must have been this, I suppose, that stirred in my soul that tempest of impatience with which I listened to the civilities of my unhappy victim; I declare, at least, before God, no man morally sane could have been guilty of that crime upon so pitiful a provocation; and that I struck in no more reasonable spirit than that in which a sick child may break a plaything.
There are no more uses of "provocation" in the book.
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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