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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Provoking  \Pro*vok"ing\,  a. 
  Having  the  power  or  quality  of  exciting  resentment;  tending 
  to  awaken  passion  or  vexation;  as  provoking  words  or 
  treatment.  --  {Pro*vok"ing*ly},  adv 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Provoke  \Pro*voke"\,  v.  t.  [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. 
  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. 
  Syn:  To  irritate;  arouse;  stir  up  awake;  excite;  incite; 
  anger.  See  {Irritate}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  :  causing  or  tending  to  cause  anger  or  resentment;  "a 
  provoking  delay  at  the  airport"  [syn:  {agitative},  {agitating}] 

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