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used in Through the Looking-Glass

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to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
  • 'It's VERY provoking,' Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, 'to be called an egg—VERY!'
    Chapter 6 — Humpty Dumpty (6% in)
provoking = irritating (causing an angry reaction)
  • A little provoked, she drew back, and after looking everywhere for the queen (whom she spied out at last, a long way off), she thought she would try the plan, this time, of walking in the opposite direction.
    Chapter 2 — The Garden of Live Flowers (46% in)
  • 'And this one is the most provoking of all—but I'll tell you what—' she added, as a sudden thought struck her, 'I'll follow it up to the very top shelf of all.
    Chapter 5 — Wool and Water (59% in)
  • 'And it certainly DID seem a little provoking ('almost as if it happened on purpose,' she thought) that, though she managed to pick plenty of beautiful rushes as the boat glided by, there was always a more lovely one that she couldn't reach.
    Chapter 5 — Wool and Water (80% in)
  • 'It is a—MOST—PROVOKING—thing,' he said at last, 'when a person doesn't know a cravat from a belt!'
    Chapter 6 — Humpty Dumpty (38% in)
  • 'It's very provoking!' she said, in reply to the Lion (she was getting quite used to being called 'the Monster').
    Chapter 7 — The Lion and the Unicorn (90% in)
  • But the provoking kitten only began on the other paw, and pretended it hadn't heard the question.
    Chapter 12 — Which Dreamed it? (81% in)

There are no more uses of "provoke" in Through the Looking-Glass.

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