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  • Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
  • We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.
  • Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple.
  • Gregor remained all this time on the floor, largely because he feared his father might see it as especially provoking if he fled onto the wall or ceiling.
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • she has provoked me when I could not bear it;
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • He was provoked.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • What three things does drink especially provoke?
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • it was very provoking to find that...
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • So I began to purposefully irritate her, hoping I could provoke her enough that she would end my misery.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • To disobey these laws and so provoke
    The wrath of Heaven.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone

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  • He said that my sister was not allowed to see the boy who hit her anymore, and he was going to have a talk with the boy’s parents tonight. My sister then said that it was all her fault, that she was provoking him, but my dad said it was no excuse.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • We fell silent, listening for agitation in the nursing station—the sort of agitation an escape provokes.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • I guess I provoked old Apron.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • ’It’s VERY provoking,’ Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, ’to be called an egg—VERY!’
    Lewis Carroll  --  Through the Looking-Glass
  • pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • "We were sorely provoked," said Jewel.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • I can’t see two slaps in the face provoking him into committing murder.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • A little girl was driving home her cow, a plodding, dilatory, provoking creature in her behavior, but a valued companion for all that.
    Sarah Jewett  --  A White Heron
  • "They’re famous philosophers who speak and write extremely wise, thought-provoking words of wisdom."
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Were the setups meant to instigate certain conflicts or provoke reactions for WICKED’s studies?
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • At first Risa had been a tool to provoke Connor into a fight, but now Roland sees her as a prize.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Same questions over and over, and me trying to pretend they’re thought-provoking.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Well, she provoked that one girl who hit her.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • I’d planned on making them so angry they’d say plenty of the things Baden just had . but I’d done nothing to provoke him.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • They think the chips caused the kidnapping, the murders, that somehow the chips provoked whoever did this, made the task more tempting.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Muslims widely considered it blasphemous and it provoked so much outrage that it seemed people were talking of little else.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • They can be fierce when provoked!
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • I felt embarrassed and showed it by flushing deeply, which provoked more tittering.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • This provoked Tate, who unleashed a torrent of racial slurs and threats.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • He looked at me as if anxious about what sort of reaction the information might provoke.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Why must you insist on always provoking the police?
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • What could possibly provoke mirth, given that he had just a matter of weeks before he took his own life?
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • My machine cannot help but provoke curiosity.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • By provoking his anger we may lose them all.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Not only have you struck him, you have provoked his asthma!
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • Chaol just provoked her . though he had his good side, too.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The goal was to create tension and provoke confrontations that would force the federal government to step in and enforce the laws.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
  • Once in a while, Hana would provoke a battle with George, just to show off her muscles.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • "She’s not a thing, she’s a human being," I wanted to scream, but I knew that I should not provoke him.
    Ji-Li Jiang  --  Red Scarf Girl
  • It was the first national coverage of the event, and the story provoked a variety of responses.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • I’ve only had one guy come close to provoking a physical or emotional response from me once, and that turned out to be a self-induced delusion.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Her absence had provoked the most stimulating week of teaching I had ever enjoyed.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The Emancipation Proclamation provoked a new level of consciousness about the relationship of slavery to the war.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I didn’t see what had happened to provoke the punishment.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • My panic grew, and my guilt, and my feeling that I was provoking my own destruction.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • This provoked badinage between Minnie and me, very Southern in flavor, which Leslie obviously found charming.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I don’t have occasion to use my mean mouth on boys, since they don’t say provoking things to me.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He was intentionally provoking the Greeks, hoping for battle.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • It would be giving him permission to provoke me further.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • He set them on the drainboard and began a loud and clumsy fumbling through the cupboard, obviously in hopes of provoking help.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
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