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provoke
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
  • Provoke him, and he will buckle to a shark.
    Chapters 31-33 -- Queen Mab; Cetology; The Specksnyder (78% in)
  • In truth, well nigh the whole of this passage being attended by very prosperous breezes, the Town-Ho had all but certainly arrived in perfect safety at her port without the occurrence of the least fatality, had it not been for the brutal overbearing of Radney, the mate, a Vineyarder, and the bitterly provoked vengeance of Steelkilt, a Lakeman and desperado from Buffalo.
    Chapters 52-54 -- The Albatross; The Gam; The Town-Ho's Story (30% in)

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