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Synonyms and Antonyms of provocation

  1. 1 something that arouses a strong response from another <a patient man who gets angry only from the greatest of provocations> Synonyms excitement, incitation, incitement, instigation Related Words encouragement, galvanization, goad, incentive, inducement, jog, prod, spur, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus; enticement, lure; induction, inspiration, motivation; aggravation, annoyance, bother, exasperation, frustration, hassle, headache, irritant, nuisance, peeve, pest Near Antonyms subduing

  2. 2 something that arouses action or activity <ready to retaliate at the slightest provocation> Synonyms boost, encouragement, goad, impetus, incentive, incitation, incitement, instigation, momentum, motivation, impulse, spur, stimulant, stimulus, yeastRelated Words inducement, invitation; antecedent, cause, consideration, grounds, motive, occasion, reason; catalyst, catalyzer, fuel, sparkAntonyms counterincentive, disincentive

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