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provoke
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Through the Looking-Glass
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  • ’It’s VERY provoking,’ Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, ’to be called an egg—VERY!’
  • A little provoked, she drew back, and after looking everywhere for the queen (whom she spied out at last, a long way off), she thought she would try the plan, this time, of walking in the opposite direction.
  • ’And this one is the most provoking of all—but I’ll tell you what—’ she added, as a sudden thought struck her, ’I’ll follow it up to the very top shelf of all.
  • ’It is a—MOST—PROVOKING—thing,’ he said at last, ’when a person doesn’t know a cravat from a belt!’
  • ’And it certainly DID seem a little provoking (’almost as if it happened on purpose,’ she thought) that, though she managed to pick plenty of beautiful rushes as the boat glided by, there was always a more lovely one that she couldn’t reach.
  • ’It’s very provoking!’ she said, in reply to the Lion (she was getting quite used to being called ’the Monster’).
  • But the provoking kitten only began on the other paw, and pretended it hadn’t heard the question.

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

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