1 We were sitting at a table with a man of about my age and a rowdy little girl who gave way upon the slightest provocation to uncontrollable laughter.
2 Elinor kept her concern and her censure to herself; and was very thankful that Marianne was not present, to share the provocation.
3 John Dashwood was greatly astonished; but his nature was calm, not open to provocation, and he never wished to offend anybody, especially anybody of good fortune.
4 Being, by that time, rather tired of this kind of life, and having received new provocation from the butcher, I throw the flower away, go out with the butcher, and gloriously defeat him.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 18. A RETROSPECT
5 The slightest provocation, even being asked if there is anything he would prefer for dinner, causes him to express a wish for a separation.
David Copperfield By Charles DickensContext Highlight In CHAPTER 49. I AM INVOLVED IN MYSTERY
6 It's all a question of the degree of provocation.
7 I never gave her the slightest provocation.
8 I was brought up to be just like him, unable to control myself, and using bad language on the slightest provocation.
9 She snaps his head off on the faintest provocation, or on none.
10 She had a heart which fluttered at any excitement and she pampered it shamelessly, fainting at any provocation.
11 No one, for instance, could have made a more typical Goya than Carry Fisher, with her short dark-skinned face, the exaggerated glow of her eyes, the provocation of her frankly-painted smile.
12 The world looks on with wonder that we have conceded so much and remain law-abiding under such great outrage and provocation.
13 True; but I have been tossed to and fro in doubt if I ought, after such strong provocation.
Return of the Native By Thomas HardyContext Highlight In BOOK 5: 6 Thomasin Argues with Her Cousin, and He Writes a Letter
14 Now, look here, Captain Crocker, this is a very serious matter, though I am willing to admit that you acted under the most extreme provocation to which any man could be subjected.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan DoyleContext Highlight In XII. THE ADVENTURE OF THE ABBEY GRANGE
15 I don't wish to get cross, so let's change the subject; and Jo looked quite ready to fling cold water on the slightest provocation.