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Definition to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
  • Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
  • We should not permit deeply offensive words to provoke violence.
  • provoke = cause
  • Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple.
  • I can't see two slaps in the face provoking him into committing murder.
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • provoking = making (him take action)
  • 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
  • provoke = get her angry
  • '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
  • provoking = irritating (causing an angry reaction)
  • What three things does drink especially provoke?
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • provoke = cause in reaction
  • On my part, I went to much trouble, sometimes, not to provoke her.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • provoke = cause anger from
  • she has provoked me when I could not bear it;
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • provoked = angered
  • it was very provoking to find that...
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • provoking = causing an emotional reaction
  • We fell silent, listening for agitation in the nursing station—the sort of agitation an escape provokes.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • provokes = causes to happen
  • "We were sorely provoked," said Jewel.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Last Battle
  • provoked = incited (deliberately encouraged an emotional reaction)
  • He was provoked.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • provoked = incited (to cause a reaction)
  • 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
  • provoking = making (him) so angry he would react
  • She had trusted Jem for years, but that night she invaded his privacy and provoked an outburst: "Can't anybody take a bath in this house without the whole family lookin'?"
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • provoked = caused (an angry reaction)
  • To disobey these laws and so provoke
    The wrath of Heaven.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • provoke = to cause a reaction
  • 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
  • provoking = upsetting (causing an emotional reaction such as anger)
  • I guess I provoked old Apron.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • provoked = caused a reaction from
  • 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
  • provoking = tending to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
  • pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
provoke = cause (in reaction)

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