provocation

noun
prov·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce provocation (audio) \

Definition of provocation

1 : the act of provoking : incitement
2 : something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates

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Examples of provocation in a Sentence

He can turn violent at the least provocation. Her calmness in the face of repeated provocations impressed her friends. With hardly any provocation, the crowd began to chant.
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Recent Examples on the Web Many Catholic nationalists see the traditions associated with such celebrations, like the Orange Order marches and bonfires, on which the Republic of Ireland’s tricolor flag are often burned, as a provocation. New York Times, 13 July 2021 Certainly there are few original ideas on how to break this cycle: engagement, negotiation, provocation, estrangement, rapprochement. Time, 23 June 2021 Palestinians consider the march, meant to celebrate Israel's capture of east Jerusalem in 1967, as a provocation. Areej Hazboun, Star Tribune, 15 June 2021 But to Beijing, the offer is a major provocation that risks escalating both cross-strait and US-China relations, Nectar Gan and Ben Westcott write. Kara Fox, CNN, 9 June 2021 Sheikh Jarrah and al-Aqsa were parts of a wider, volatile provocation that Israel offered Hamas. David Shulman, The New York Review of Books, 3 June 2021 The protection squad will no doubt be seen as a provocation by Arabs in town. Amy Kellogg, Fox News, 14 May 2021 Further, there's a long history of violence against veterans and service members of color, whose military status was seen by some as a provocation. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2021 Exuberance, play, provocation, and undisguised ambition all drive popular music forward. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 15 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of provocation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for provocation

Middle English provocacioun, from Anglo-French provocacion, from Latin provocation-, provocatio, from provocare

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“Provocation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/provocation. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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provocation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of provocation

: an action or occurrence that causes someone to become angry or to begin to do something

provocation

noun
prov·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce provocation (audio) \

Kids Definition of provocation

: something that causes anger or action The dog will attack at the slightest provocation.

provocation

noun
prov·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌpräv-ə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce provocation (audio) \

Medical Definition of provocation

: the act or process of provoking a nonspecific irritant that brings about provocation of bronchial asthma

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provocation

noun
prov·​o·​ca·​tion | \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce provocation (audio) \

Legal Definition of provocation

1 : the act of provoking
2 : something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates

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