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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Rather, the work provokes one to think in terms of the future of libraries and their attempts to remain relevant to their users in the world of ever-changing technology.
Luhrman's film provokes one to think of the fortitude of myth as a conduit for ethical lessons.
Such a sweeping assertion immediately provokes one to seek to disprove it, to attempt a statistical and geographical analysis of the events listed in order to demonstrate the unlikelihood that all seventy-year-olds have experienced or observed such violence.
The simplicity of the Noncompossibility Theorem provokes one to ask why it was overlooked in the history of foundations in the early twentieth century.--Correspondence to: tennant.9@osu.edu