provocation

noun
prov·o·ca·tion | \ ˌprä-və-ˈkā-shən \

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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The tassel’s provocation is part of its whole premise. Maggie Lange, The Cut, "Some Thoughts on the Tassel Earring," 28 June 2018 If the president cares about provocations, what about having the North Koreans pull their troops back 50 kilometers from the Demilitarized Zone. Fox News, "How can the US assess North Korea's nuclear arsenal?," 17 June 2018 These have become the raw materials for a series of screen provocations, including the vast SF conspiracy of Tribulation 99. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Chicago Underground Film Festival: Tribulation 99," 7 June 2018 While Spiegel is known for such provocations, another Spiegel article last week drew an official protest from Italy’s ambassador to Germany. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "New Italian govt vows to create jobs, deport migrants," 2 June 2018 While Spiegel is known for such provocations, another Spiegel article last week drew an official protest from Italy's ambassador to Germany. Nicole Winfield, chicagotribune.com, "New Italian government vows to create jobs, deport migrants," 2 June 2018 While some cases will be cause for provocation, most are asked out of curiosity. Tasnim Ahmed, Allure, "Observing Ramadan Means So Much More to Me Than Just Fasting," 15 May 2018 If she were toppled and replaced by a hard-liner, the new German leader would be unlikely to ignore Salvini’s provocations and heed Italy’s pleas for help. Alan Crawford, Bloomberg.com, "As Merkel’s Power Drains, the Threat to Europe Grows," 27 June 2018 The document said the protests would cause a crisis in national security at a time when North Korea was expected to launch provocations over South Korea’s springtime military drills with the United States. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "South Korea to probe military plan to quell Park protests," 10 July 2018

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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

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 \

Kids Definition of provocation

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

provocation

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prov·o·ca·tion | \ ˌpräv-ə-ˈkā-shən \

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 \

Legal Definition of provocation 

1 : the act of provoking

2 : something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates

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