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