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Antonyms for provocation

disincentive, Subduing.

Quotes of provocation

  1. The provocation with Holmes is the fact that he's described by Doyle as a man without a heart- all brain... and that's very difficult to play, or even indicate. – Jeremy Brett
  2. Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  3. Through music I either tame my demons or unleash them and allow them to be what they are. I don't want the music to be about provocation I want the music to bring you to a place where you feel at home. – Michael Franti
  4. You take a number of small steps which you believe are right, thinking maybe tomorrow somebody will treat this as a dangerous provocation And then you wait. If there is no reaction, you take another step: courage is only an accumulation of small steps. – George Konrad
  5. All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable. But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation and when it continues long. – Wilson Mizner
  6. A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy. – Edward P. Morgan
  7. People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation much like building a mosque at Ground Zero. – Sarah Palin
  8. One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time. – Idries Shah
  9. To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind. – John Tillotson

Usage examples for provocation

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. But the prince, at sight of the landscape which reminded him of his country, instead of appearing sensible to this pretty, provocation remained for some minutes as in a dream, with his eyes fixed upon the stage. – The Wandering Jew, Book VIII. by Eugene Sue
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. I expect to lunch," again he smiled without provocation elsewhere. – A Breath of Prairie and other stories by Will Lillibridge
  7. This is to prevent the provocation of divine vengeance. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  8. Herbert Spencer has set this forth so strongly in his Data of Ethics that I quote his words: " Bounding out of bed after an unbroken sleep, singing or whistling as he dresses, coming down with beaming face ready to laugh at the slightest provocation the healthy man of high powers enters on the day's business not with repugnance but with gladness; and from hour to hour experiencing satisfaction from work effectually done, comes home with an abundant surplus of energy remaining for hours of relaxation. – Practical Ethics by William DeWitt Hyde
  9. 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
  10. Germany, whose independence had been respected, had attacked us without provocation therefore hostilities were, alas, inevitable. – The Invasion by William Le Queux
  11. In this case it is possible there was no provocation at all. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  12. 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
  13. When I saw the injuries of the wounded at Amritsar and heard from their lips that not one of them had even wished to meet violence by violence, in spite of such grave provocation I said to myself, " here was the triumph of non- violence." – Freedom Through Disobedience by C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das
  14. They have run away without any provocation – Slavery and the Constitution by William Ingersoll Bowditch
  15. The provocation must have been great. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes
  16. Wild crowds get together and yell and surge round on the least provocation – Ma Pettengill by Harry Leon Wilson
  17. 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
  18. Her lips were parted as if to smile at the first provocation – The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  19. " You do not know what provocation she may have had," suggested Fenn. – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells
  20. This was done without the slightest provocation or a word passing. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society

Rhymes for provocation