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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Provoke \Pro*voke"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Provoked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Provoking}.] [F. provoquer, L. provocare to call forth; pro forth + vocare to call, fr. vox, vocis, voice, cry, call. See {Voice}.] To call forth; to call into being or action; esp., to incense to action, a faculty or passion, as love, hate, or ambition; hence, commonly, to incite, as a person, to action by a challenge, by taunts, or by defiance; to exasperate; to irritate; to offend intolerably; to cause to retaliate.

Obey his voice, provoke him not. --Ex. xxiii. 21.

Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath. --Eph. vi. 4.

Such acts Of contumacy will provoke the Highest To make death in us live. --Milton.

Can honor's voice provoke the silent dust? --Gray.

To the poet the meaning is what he pleases to make it, what it provokes in his own soul. -- J. Burroughs.

Syn: To irritate; arouse; stir up; awake; excite; incite; anger. See {Irritate}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

provoked

adjective

1: incited, especially deliberately, to anger; "aggravated by passive resistance"; "the provoked animal attacked the child" [syn: {aggravated}, {provoked}]


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