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    1. Part of him must have been acting subconsciously, trying to provoke them into responding

    2. Do you really think that I would not see the implications of his actions? He does this to provoke a reaction from Jake

    3. He thought about saying that this war may provoke settlement of this region, but decided he didn't want to argue with her, worked on his gin and tonic instead

    4. But Tarak did not provoke him with a smile of triumph; he simply stared back with indifference

    5. Guardians – to provoke a reaction so that the Boards would insist that

    6. There would be plenty of other lumberjacks around and no doubt she could provoke one, but he would think of the encounter as friendly exercise

    7. to provoke a reaction from his witness

    8. only provoke pursuit – and she stood no chance of

    9. She sought only to provoke interest and invoke thought, Maybe create, also, a bit of stylish mystery

    10. to provoke a rolling of the eyes from Matt

    11. The wealth of the burghers never failed to provoke their envy and indignation, and they plundered them upon every occasion without mercy or remorse

    12. lest they do something to provoke the old sourpuss into some act of aggression

    13. I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy

    14. ‘This so-called defensive confinement is a clear strategy to provoke an aggressive response,’ he began

    15. Don’t you think that would be ideal?’ Jimmy inquired, reckoning that this question was more likely to provoke a response – any self-righteousness Captain Zolla had in him

    16. When principles of non-violence are either self-contained or practiced unconditionally under circumstances (otherwise) calling for a measured response, (sound) judgment and common sense appealing to the requirements of a peaceful, well-ordered society that every citizen (otherwise) owes an obligation, and whose conspicuous merits, perhaps laudable in some instances, however questionable at other times, and where (such) natural impulses are routinely rejected, even more remarkably when Property and Person and at times the Nation, are at risk by (anti-social) individuals determined to provoke harm; weighs in the balance, and where (institutional) recourse is problematical or uncertain, an (individual) is required, inasmuch as it lies within that individual‘s capacity to do so, to discourage such annoyances as they may present themselves to that individual as well as that individual‘s family and friends, however contrary to that individual‘s ―nature,‖ lest that individual‘s misplaced pacifism further encourage mischief makers and bullies alike, by providing license to habitually upset the harmony and safety of private and public concerns as it (otherwise) suits their primitive whims

    17. During the cold war most security experts believed no terrorist group will use weapons of mass destruction as it would be counter-productive to their cause and provoke a response which will destroy them

    18. Unfortunately many of our political leaders, from both sides of the political aisle, have (conveniently) chosen the path of least resistance for the very simple reason that it is politically expedient for them to do so; that is to say, because many are unwilling to address such matters that might otherwise provoke ill-feelings among certain groups or

    19. In the final analysis, it takes a lot more talent and imagination by clean-cut comedians to provoke laughter rather than appealing to an audience‘s 161

    20. The bloody televised images of murdered, mutilated or wounded persons produce fury and pain at the same time that they incite feelings of incapacity and provoke a desire for vengeance

    21. Unlike Polk, Calhoun opposed war and was unlikely to provoke a war with Mexico

    22. The Soviets may even try an attack on northern Japan, or provoke a confrontation in Europe, especially Berlin

    23. If we bombed them first, we could provoke them

    24. If they can provoke you, they win

    25. Why were they so upset? What had the Fairies done to provoke such a reaction? Bees are well known for being social, co-operative types

    26. She seemed to want to provoke the man with her lip stuck out defiantly, like an angry little girl

    27. Others were bleak, strictly functional and indifferent to the eye, not destined to impress or provoke awe

    28. If you are an employer this will provoke you to rethink

    29. I was a husband that they did provoke

    30. Her ruby-red lips parted and her fine white teeth were revealed in a captivating smile that Brett never tired of trying to provoke

    31. Nevertheless, although it was mostly to provoke, it really was beautiful here

    32. The anger shot up in her mixed with the desire to provoke him and his arrogant façade

    33. 26 For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin with which he made Israel to sin, to provoke the Lord

    34. 33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before

    35. “Yeah,” I say hollowly, “let’s provoke the woman who can force half of this compound to kill themselves

    36. wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger,

    37. 17 Because they have forsaken me, and have burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of

    38. 19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the

    39. Heb 3:16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses

    40. 2Kin 23:19 And all the houses also of the high places that were in the cities of Samaria, which the kings of Israel had made to provoke the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Bethel

    41. that they might provoke me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore my wrath shall be poured out on this place, and shall

    42. 6 The tabernacles of robbers prosper, and those who provoke God are secure; into whose hand God bring abundantly

    43. Would you still willingly choose to provoke God…

    44. Jer 25:7 Yet ye have not hearkened unto me, saith the LORD; that ye might provoke me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt

    45. The ability to provoke is at least something! I cannot name all the sprites whose encouragements were so necessary for the lonely act of writing

    46. 40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!

    47. 1Cor 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

    48. Eph 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord

    49. offered incense to Baal, and poured out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger

    50. children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and

    1. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked,

    2. He could be dangerous if provoked

    3. These remarks provoked a reprise of some earlier thoughts in

    4. fathers provoked me to wrath, saith

    5. They are potentially dangerous, but probably not unless provoked

    6. mistakes provoked all kind of schisms, ending with all

    7. Even his manner came across as arrogant and proud; certainly not someone to mess with! He smiled back at the king’s beaming face and shivered as he thought how quickly those friendly eyes could turn to stone when provoked

    8. He is at all times surrounded by unknown enemies, whom, though he never provoked, he can never appease, and from whose injustice he can be protected only by the powerful arm of the civil magistrate, continually held up to chastise it

    9. Who knows what it might do if provoked?”

    10. Should the sovereign have the imprudence to appear either to deride, or doubt himself of the most trifling part of their doctrine, or from humanity, attempt to protect those who did either the one or the other, the punctilious honour of a clergy, who have no sort of dependency upon him, is immediately provoked to proscribe him as a profane person, and to employ all the terrors of religion, in order to oblige the people to transfer their allegiance to some more orthodox and obedient prince

    11. On the contrary, they were provoked and disgusted by the vanity, luxury, and expense of the richer clergy, who appeared to spend upon their own pleasures what had always before been regarded as the patrimony of the poor

    12. became more extreme, provoked by the host

    13. ‘I can tell you,’ answered Dolan, promptly, ‘that it has already provoked outrage in the White House

    14. I shouldn’t have provoked him

    15. The instructors were fatherly provoked but I understand his shock

    16. If such an enemy does not formally exist, however, that ―enemy‖ must be either manufactured or provoked in some manner

    17. Simply the average Russian soldier did not surrender as quickly as say the French did and capable of terrible things when provoked or not

    18. This thought provoked such a deep horror in Soffen that she almost fainted, but she pushed it aside, and after much dithering, finally summoned up the courage to enter the tunnel

    19. They have indeed provoked Me to anger!

    20. The constant giving with no strings attached provoked childlike expectations among an overindulged generation of children whose detachment and immaturity caused many to incorrectly estimate or value the sacrifices made by their parents

    21. A number of (politically) prominent individuals have achieved historical repute for their providential and skillful management of exceptional events that defined their tenure in (public) office notwithstanding the reluctance of some who were neither willing or able to meet the extraordinary challenges that confronted them; provoked to action, however, by the enlightened examples of others before taking formal or appropriate action in response to such events

    22. As President, Tyler pushed for the annexation of Texas as a slave state, though the war to expand slavery would be provoked by Polk

    23. His caustic remarks provoked a number of (unformed) thoughts in my mind including but not limited to 1) the boundaries separating treasonous statements from free speech 2) plausible grounds calling for his immediate dismissal 3) the appalling lack of character and common sense conspicuously absent among (so-called) Intellectuals and (dis-engaging) parents (refer to John Walker Lindh) who casually dismiss the questionable attitudes and positions adopted by their children while routinely footing the bill for their college tuitions and 4) more recently, a former relief pitcher for the Atlanta Braves (John Rocker) who was sentenced by the court of public opinion to perform community service after making unsavory remarks to a newspaper reporter about Gays and African Americans inconsistent with the (civic) requirements of social and politically correct conventions

    24. Could James Polk, the man who provoked the war with Mexico, still have become the next president anyway? Unlikely, since he was the first “dark horse candidate,” the first to come from behind, largely unknown

    25. By pushing to conquer all of North Korea instead of just retaking all of South Korean territory, MacArthur was not seeing that this provoked newly Communist China

    26. He noticed from the corner of his eye Major Guighan approaching almost sheepishly, a trait that usually provoked his anger and irritation even though he did not consider himself an irascible man

    27. Apparently, it merely provoked him because he moved closer again until he was merely a few centimeters from her

    28. She defied him, provoked him and without further dared to set herself against him

    29. “I seem to recall hearing rumors that you provoked that attack,” says Tobias

    30. 22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all

    31. 30 Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation with which he provoked the

    32. provocation with which you have provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin

    33. 53 For he served Baal and worshipped him and provoked to anger the Lord God of Israel according to all that his father had done

    34. 15 Because they have done that which was evil in my sight, and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came out out

    35. all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him besides

    36. 1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel

    37. He claimed the attack was provoked, and that was the excuse they used when they let him and the other GPs off with some community service, but I knew better

    38. city of Judah he made high places to burn incense to other gods, and provoked to anger the Lord God of his fathers

    39. 56 Yet they tempted and provoked the Most High God, and kept not his testimonies:

    40. 58 For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images

    41. 7 Our fathers understood not your wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of your mercies; but provoked him at the

    42. 29 So they provoked him to anger with their inventions, and the plague brake in on them

    43. 33 Because they provoked his spirit, so that he spoke unadvisedly with his lips

    44. 43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity

    45. for I have provoked your wrath, and

    46. forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger, they are gone away backward

    47. children of Judah have only done evil before me from their youth, for the children of Israel have only provoked me to anger with the

    48. 12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of Heaven

    49. captivity; 5 And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before you, for they have provoked you to anger

    50. 14 Ephraim provoked him to anger most bitterly therefore shall

    1. “That provokes the wrath of god even more,” Yellelle said

    2. England provokes me another observation

    3. That wealth, at the same time, which always follows the improvements of agriculture and manufactures, and which, in reality, is no more than the accumulated produce of those improvements, provokes the invasion of all their neighbours

    4. Their kindness naturally provokes his kindness

    5. A society in moral and spiritual decline seldom fulfills its constructive designs although it often provokes cries in the wilderness among remarkable men and women not quite ready to surrender what remaining capital that society has squandered

    6. With that, it benefits other countries indirectly and it provokes great economy of resources in the preventive combat

    7. whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own soul

    8. A remark that provokes me may not affect you at all

    9. image of jealousy, which provokes to jealousy

    10. provokes the Lord to jealousy

    11. When a person is released too soon, it provokes mixed feelings, although it’s probably for the better

    12. “Good analogy, Ken, which provokes the thought that this entire box of tricks was not just an impulsive act

    13. Another stimulus provokes a different reaction

    14. But first and foremost he is a thinker who provokes others to think

    15. provokes us with twists and turns

    16. provokes the world"s admiration

    17. I try to minimize the shaking by grabbing onto the beast's mane, but it doesn't help, and probably only provokes the beast further

    18. Let’s assume that there is a situation that provokes a sexual realization in your Self-Consciousness

    19. When a temptation from the Devil provokes you, seek refuge in God; He is the Hearer, the Knower

    20. It provokes me forever, it says sarcastically,

    21. Something there is in the float of the sight of things that provokes it out of the soul

    22. He is quieter now than he used to be, if no one provokes him: more sullen and depressed, and less furious

    23. “Sometimes this provokes the womb to shrink,” she said

    24. In this scenario, a feedback loop develops where the market makes a large movement, which, in turn, provokes another large price movement, and the market trends

    25. In the one case as in the other, on both sides the struggle provokes passion and stifles truth

    26. It accepts everything royally; it is not too particular about its Venus; its Callipyge is Hottentot; provided that it is made to laugh, it condones; ugliness cheers it, deformity provokes it to laughter, vice diverts it; be eccentric and you may be an eccentric; even hypocrisy, that supreme cynicism, does not disgust it; it is so literary that it does not hold its nose before Basile, and is no more scandalized by the prayer of Tartuffe than Horace was repelled by the "hiccup" of Priapus

    27. / The word in living conversation is directly, blatantly, oriented toward a future answer-word: it provokes an answer, anticipates it and structures itself in the answer’s direction

    28. Everybody is agreed that just as in hygiene the use of any food, medicine, exercise, that provokes loathing or pain, cannot be useful, so also in instruction can there be no necessity of compelling children to learn anything that is tiresome and repulsive to them, and that, if necessity demands that children be compelled, it only proves the imperfection of the method

    29. (The difficulty will be to determine which incident it is that provokes the war, because with every war there are a very large number of such incidents, and it would be necessary to decide from which incident the two months are to be counted

    30. If a nation, crushed by force, is subjugated or close to subjugation, it is so only through public opinion, and by no means through violence, which, on the contrary, provokes the nation more and more

    31. These men assert that the amelioration of human life does not take place in consequence of the internal efforts of the consciousness of individual men and the elucidation and profession of the truth, but in consequence of the gradual change of the common external conditions of life, and that the profession by every individual man of the truth which is not in conformity with the existing order is not only useless, but even harmful, because on the part of the power it provokes oppressions, which keep these individuals from continuing their useful activity in the service of society

    32. Though in Pierre et Jean and Fort comme la Mort there are touching scenes, this last novel provokes nothing but disgust in us

    33. Therefore, they say, individual effort should be devoted to the gradual reform of the everyday conditions of life; and seeing that any individual profession of the truth which may happen to be incompatible with the existing order is harmful, because it provokes, on the part of the government, an opposition which prevents the individual from continuing efforts which may be of utility to society

    34. And that is why music provokes an excitement which it does not bring to a conclusion

    35. But any other music provokes an excitement, and this excitement is not accompanied by the thing that needs properly to be done, and that is why music is so dangerous, and sometimes acts so frightfully

    36. For every advocacy of a truth inconsistent with the existing order by an individual is, they maintain, not only useless but injurious, since it provokes coercive measures on the part of the authorities, restricting these individuals from continuing any action useful to society

    37. One unpunished violation of right provokes another and another, until all security is destroyed; and, therefore, it is necessary to resist given infractions of pecuniary right by sacrifices beyond the value of the right itself, because resistance is necessary to the security of all other pecuniary rights—nay, to the security of all other rights

    1. therapists – has had the experience of provoking an

    2. provoking to find that the hedgehog had unrolled itself, and was in the act of

    3. In contrast to the David’s testimony, you have an added advantage in that you are not just declaring the word, but you are also provoking the power of the blood of Jesus as you make your declarations

    4. “If that’s what will end your pain, then yes,” she said quietly, looking away to avoid provoking him further

    5. (There, I‘ve said it!) Isn‘t it peculiar how many young boys (now grown men) traumatized some thirty to forty years ago seem to be popping out of the woodwork with such alacrity; the suppression of (such) painful matters buried for years suddenly provoking a reawakening of Conscience or whatever else you may choose to call it? Could it be that the promise of financial gain may be a (chief) motivating factor in their decision to tell all? I believe that a number of these accusations have been trumped-up or are simply the product of overactive or ―extended‖ imaginations that have seemingly lost their perspective over time

    6. What could McKinley have done differently? General Otis certainly played a central role in provoking and then worsening the war

    7. No less thought provoking was his (ironic) reference to Penn State coach Joe Paterno, a gentleman whose regard for opposing coaches and players has precluded his running up scores in a manner that may have arguably cost his program a national championship or two over the years

    8. The chief difficulty Alice found at first was in managing her flamingo: she succeeded in getting its body tucked away, comfortably enough, under her arm, with its legs hanging down, but generally, just as she had got its neck nicely straightened out, and was going to give the hedgehog a blow with its head, it would twist itself round and look up in her face, with such a puzzled expression that she could not help bursting out laughing: and when she had got its head down, and was going to begin again, it was very provoking to find that the hedgehog had unrolled itself, and was in the act of crawling away: besides all this, there was generally a ridge or furrow in the way wherever she wanted to send the hedgehog to, and, as the doubled-up soldiers were always getting up and walking off to other parts of the ground, Alice soon came to the conclusion that it was a very difficult game indeed

    9. Sandinista activists seized upon the opportunity of focused international media by staging enormous protests and provoking confrontations with the Guardia Nacional, even in the midst of rescue efforts

    10. She diverted hers, provoking a sneer

    11. The way he said it was deeply provoking, and she set her teeth hard into her lip again not to give him an angry answer

    12. their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the Lord to anger

    13. 13 For all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, by which they sinned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in provoking

    14. 17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the Most High in the wilderness

    15. The troublemakers in our lives harm themselves, but benefit us by provoking us to practice patience

    16. Here is a Catholic convention, he reasoned, to improve understanding between the Church and the Spanish people, and the name of Christ has not been mentioned even once during the whole weekend… That morning, a representative from Washington gave a most disturbing and provoking talk, blasting the Anglo clergy and boasting that his office had been responsible for this gathering of about one thousand people

    17. 19 And when the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his daughters

    18. And I have been provoking you, you know, but you never seemed to react

    19. but he was good at provoking me into that mode so that I was

    20. By provoking an ambush, the tankers hoped to deplete both VC troops and the VC desire to further mess with traffic on the road

    21. He gets an ego boost from provoking people, breaking rules and testing limits

    22. But provoking them wouldn't help anything

    23. In adolescence, they were more likely to be seen as shying away from social contacts; to be stubborn and indecisive; to be easily upset by frustrations; to think of themselves as bad or unworthy; to regress or become immobilised by stress; to be resentful and mistrustful about not ‘getting enough’; to be prone to jealousy and envy; to overreact to irritation with a sharp temper, so provoking arguments and fights

    24. At that moment a moon chub was emerging under a litter of dark clouds that were concealing part of its silhouette, provoking a sinister scene worthy of the most horrifying terror movie

    25. -There is a very important matter that I want to discuss with you! A matter so crucial that it will change the destiny of this family - on having said this, rose and rambled up to the window which was opposite to her, provoking a hollow sound whenever the cane was hitting the creaking wooden floor

    26. and she starts provoking her as if she

    27. The bird fluttered on the rock and disappeared in a small flash that was so brilliant, it caused a sorry looking mule to rear to a stop in harness, provoking a round of curses from the driver, an old man in a ragged cloak

    28. which is thought provoking and challenging but the

    29. There was discussion about the risks involved with publishing Mark’s book and provoking the Swordsmen, but the need for the revenue from the book’s sales outweighed the fear of retribution given the secrecy of their location

    30. Would you consider the remark about Jews not having respect provoking or reproachful?”

    31. refers to provoking or reproachful words or gestures used by one member of the Federation Armed Forces against another

    32. The foursome knew most of the guards and greeted them by name provoking laughter and teasing wisecracks as they passed

    33. anatomy as far more appealing and provoking than that

    34. by provoking their urge with their dressing and all other

    35. Later on, when Úrsula insisted that Remedios the Beauty go to mass with her face covered with a shawl, Amaranta thought that a mysterious recourse like that would turn out to be so provoking that soon a man would come who would be intrigued enough to search out patiently for the weak point of her heart

    36. That was how the relationship of jolly comradeship was born between father and daughter, which freed him for a time from the bitter solitude of his revels and freed her from Fernanda’s watchful eye without necessity of provoking the domestic crisis that seemed inevitable by then

    37. During the afternoon, while the children were having their nap, Aureliano Segundo sat on the porch and Fernanda pursued him even there, provoking him, tormenting him, hovering about him with her implacable horsefly buzzing, saying that, of course, while there was nothing to eat except stones, her husband was sitting there like a sultan of Persia, watching it rain, because that was all he was, a slob, a sponge, a good-for-nothing, softer than cotton batting, used to living off women and convinced that he had married Jonah’s wife, who was so content with the story of the whale

    38. Gentile world, it forces us to study how extraordinarily interesting and thought provoking are

    39. what was provoking it,” I said with dark sarcasm

    40. She was watching the CNN news channel on her room’s television set, listening to the latest events and checking on what reactions her news conference of this afternoon was provoking

    41. Only a few months after provoking the war, he was master of the continent of Europe and was seen to have achieved what no man; including Napoleon had ever done before

    42. She’s provoking me

    43. Higgins nodded, taking no offense at Graisco’s remark, as was his nature after provoking his men to ensure they were confident in their efforts

    44. Or had they really been killed to the last? What if one or more ISIS fighters had survived and had then hidden on the ship, unbeknown to the Spetsnaz soldiers? They could then have possibly sabotaged the radios and killed the remaining Russians before stupidly firing at the Israeli planes and provoking a lethal response by them

    45. tendencies, nothing is to be gained by antagonizing and provoking a country when such action 164

    46. (b) During the application of electricity, one would lose all control over one’s senses, such torture provoking permanent vomiting,

    47. “They’re deliberately provoking me,” Lathgertha complained when they were a safe distance away from the soon to be exploding Watchers

    48. there did not seem to be much point in provoking the three mercenaries who

    49. produced and major thought provoking ideas are expelled in the blink of an eye, without

    50. It seemed to me that he wasn’t really arguing but rather provoking the Teacher in order to start a conversation about it

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    Synonyms for "provoke"

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    "provoke" definitions

    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

    evoke or provoke to appear or occur

    provide the needed stimulus for

    annoy continually or chronically