Troubling the nerves or peace of mind, as by repeated vexations
Deidre didn't move, afraid of provoking him.
About this period he was charged with the defence of a member of the national guard of Brives, which was accused of provoking disorders in the department of La Correze.
Apparently he was set on provoking a refusal, and thus getting an excuse for seizing the person of the king.
Deidre suspected the result of provoking either man was death to someone.
Twice, indeed, during that period the chancellor ran the risk of provoking war.