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verb (v)

  • call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses) (verb.emotion)
    source: wordnet30
  • evoke or provoke to appear or occur (verb.creation)
    Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple.
    source: wordnet30
  • provide the needed stimulus for (verb.communication)
    Synonym: stimulate
    source: wordnet30
  • annoy continually or chronically (verb.emotion)
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To cause provocation or anger. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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