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Usage examples for provocation

  1. The one contended that there could be no sufficient reason for repealing a law from which no one suffered; the other, that it was a needless provocation of ill- feeling to retain a law which no one ever dreamed of enforcing. – The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860 by Charles Duke Yonge
  2. The provocation must have been great. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  3. We have seen how, a few years before, Gillapatrick, of Ossory, asserted his right of making war on England, when he felt sufficient provocation. – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  4. I expect to lunch," again he smiled without provocation, " elsewhere. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge
  5. " You do not know what provocation she may have had," suggested Fenn. – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells
  6. I certainly gave him some provocation, but this is too much: however, 'tis very well; I don't think I shall break my heart, though my vanity is a little piqued. – The History of Emily Montague by Frances Brooke
  7. Her lips were parted as if to smile at the first provocation. – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  8. The possible agency of small boys in the matter of stone- throwing is apparently overlooked, while it can be easily imagined that a servant girl, well aware of the uncanny reputation of the house she lived in, would very soon develop a capacity for hearing mysterious sounds and footsteps on the smallest provocation. – Occultism and Common-Sense by Beckles Willson
  9. King Spruce had many weapons, and in the past had promptly seized the one nearest at hand and dealt a crushing blow when provocation was given. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  10. This was done without the slightest provocation, or a word passing. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society
  11. Wild crowds get together and yell and surge round on the least provocation. – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  12. This is to prevent the provocation of divine vengeance. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  13. This done- without any visible provocation to account for the remark- she turned upon her husband, and said, " Mr. Karnegie you are a fool." – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  14. He must play the fox's game and must not, under any provocation, show the wolf's teeth. – The Portal of Dreams by Charles Neville Buck
  15. They have run away without any provocation! – Slavery and the Constitution by William Ingersoll Bowditch
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