He provoked quarrels and altercations in defense of him and succeeded in bringing some people round to his side.
But the meek Father’s words had little effect and even provoked a mocking retort.
The prosecutor was satisfied: "I’ve provoked the nervous fellow by ’trifles’ and he has said more than he meant to."
He was provoked.
Dmitri wondered, for he could not remember what he had promised, but he answered by letter that he would do his utmost not to let himself be provoked "by vileness," but that, although he had a deep respect for the elder and for his brother Ivan, he was convinced that the meeting was either a trap for him or an unworthy farce.
"Don’t provoke him," observed Smurov.
I am not speaking only for the fathers here present, I cry aloud to all fathers: ’Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath.’
He only touched again, lightly and ironically, on "romancing" and "psychology," and in an appropriate place quoted, "Jupiter, you are angry, therefore you are wrong," which provoked a burst of approving laughter in the audience, for Ippolit Kirillovitch was by no means like Jupiter.
" ’Fathers, provoke not your children to wrath,’ the apostle writes, from a heart glowing with love.
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Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.