provoke (one) to

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provoke (one) to

1. To incite, stir, or induce one to take some action. You shouldn't have let the boss provoke you to quit—now you won't be entitled to any severance pay! They provoked me to retaliate, which gave them the justification they needed to arrest me.
2. To incite, stir, or induce one to some hostile or incensed emotional state or response. Her words at the funeral provoked me to anger. Do not provoke the lord of the manor to wrath.
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It won't be easy, and many an occasion will arise when retaliation from disgruntled elements may provoke us to use force to quell, to use a heavy hand to overpower, but if we can restrain ourselves, here's an appropriate occasion to teach a rift widening world, the power of a healing touch!
'President Buhari should call NNPC cabals to order before they further provoke us to anger.
Black marching bands provoke us to demand everything they have to give: to mourn the dead, console the distressed, pay respects to our heroes and above all to celebrate victories!
Steve and Victoria will provoke us to explore what the future may look like and the likely changes of operating computer-driven UAS within it.
When young people return from the gathering ready to provoke us to do the same, we shouldn't be surprised.
Instead, they provoke us to fire at their chests," he said.
Many of our recent news items can provoke us to respond with the same attitude.
These artists provoke us to think about our own stories, the characters and caricatures, the morals and messages that define our real and imagined lives.--PBS Art:21
But that is Hartman's purpose, to provoke us to test her insights against current research.
And should our discomfort with death provoke us to speed it along?
When that work is done alongside others--others who are like us and can make us laugh through their stories or who are different than us and provoke us to question our assumptions--we remain alert to our own needs alongside the needs of the world.
A Christian response to terror must acknowledge the violence in our own hearts and history and seek reconciliation with those trying to provoke us to graver violence.
Most important, such a retrospective can help provoke us to consider where the field is going next.
But, though the curators state their intention to "provoke us to reimagine the ways that specific social landscapes can be understood through the visual arts," as Rugoff writes in his catalogue essay, the location are so vast and varied that the show is almost too compact to address this idea satisfyingly.
The depraved act committed by these two ten-year-old boys should provoke us to look long and hard at a society which allows children to conceive such a crime.