be provoked

See: resent
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(3) a hasty temper, which can be provoked by insults;
To confess the truth, I am afraid Mr Jones was one of these; for though he was attacked and violently belaboured with the aforesaid weapon, he could not be provoked to make any resistance; but in a most cowardly manner applied, with many entreaties, to his antagonist to desist from pursuing her blows; in plain English, he only begged her with the utmost earnestness to hear him; but before he could obtain his request, my landlord himself entered into the fray, and embraced that side of the cause which seemed to stand very little in need of assistance.
Messi's team-mate Deco has warned the Catalan side just to focus on their own game and not be provoked on and off the pitch by Mourinho who he claims has created a persona.
If the now-sensitized individual is exposed subsequently to the same allergen or to an immunologically cross-reactive allergen, then an allergic reaction will be provoked. Antigen will bind to, and cross-link, mast cell-associated specific IgE antibody, and this in turn will precipitate cellular activation and degranulation, resulting in the release of an array of inflammatory mediators (e.g., histamine, serotonin, leukotrienes, and prostaglandin).
Transient LES relaxation may be provoked by increased respiratory rate, deep inspirations, and decreased intra-thoracic pressure which can occur during running.