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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He listed some of the laws available to the police as: Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentionally insulting or provoking someone to break the public peace; Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955 for using any indecent or abusive words or behaviour with the intention of breaking the peace; and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for wrongful use of network facilities.
Summary: Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Feb 18 (ANI: Dehradun Police on Monday said to have registered a first information report (FIR) against former JNU StudentsaACAO Union (JNUSU) president Shehla Rashid for allegedly trying to incite aACoea community to commit offence, indulging in wanton vilification and provoking someone to breach peaceaACA[yen] in the wake of Pulwama terror attack in J&K on February 14.
Dehradun (Uttarakhand) [India], Feb 18 (ANI: Dehradun Police on Monday said to have registered a first information report (FIR) against former JNU StudentsaACAO Union (JNUSU) leader Shehla Rashid for allegedly trying to incite aACoea community to commit offence, indulging in wanton vilification and provoking someone to breach peaceaACA[yen] in the wake of Pulwama terror attack in J&K on February 14.