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provoke
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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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  • ’Malfoy provoked us,’ said Harry stiffly.
  • Of course he wanted to provoke you!
  • He wouldn’t want to lose face in front of the gang, but he’d be terrified of provoking Harry… it would be really fun to watch Dudley’s dilemma, to taunt him, watch him, with him powerless to respond… and if any of the others tried hitting Harry, he was ready — he had his wand.
  • Provoked you?’ shouted Professor McGonagall, slamming a fist on to her desk so that her tartan tin slid sideways off it and burst open, littering the floor with Ginger Newts.
  • Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked so easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers!

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

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