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provoke: to incite, urge, stimulate to action AYL. I. iii. 113 “Beauty p-th thieves sooner than gold,” R3 I. ii. 99 “Thou wast p-d by thy bloody mind,” Sonn. l. 9 “The bloody spur cannot him on” ; absol. John II. i. 246 “no further enemy to you Than the constraint of hospitable zeal . . . p-” ∥ The senses ‘call forth, arouse (feeling)’, and ‘enrage, exasperate’ are also common.
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