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used in The Poisonwood Bible

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actions that cause a reaction—especially anger or violence


the act of causing an angry or violent reaction
  • Rachel, who sighted imaginary snakes at the least provocation, said, "Jeez oh man," rolled her eyes, and announced her plan to pass the next twelve months in bed.
    Book 1 — Genesis (37% in)
  • But Nelson as a pupil is apt to turn teacher himself at the least provocation.
    Book 3 — Judges (15% in)
  • And in our village, believe you me, people die for the slightest provocation so there are not that many old people still hanging around.
    Book 4 — Bel and the Serpent (34% in)

There are no more uses of "provocation" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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