- the act of provoking.
- something that incites, instigates, angers, or irritates.
- Criminal Law. words or conduct leading to killing in hot passion and without deliberation.
Origin of provocation
Related Words for provocationharassment, indignity, affront, insult, grievance, motivation, justification, annoyance, taunt, challenge, incentive, instigation, reason, dare, offense, injury, cause, vexation, inducement, grounds
Examples from the Web for provocation
Contemporary Examples of provocation
And then he went on a tear in early 2013, creating one provocation after another, seemingly every day for more than two months.Kim Jong Un’s Kid Gloves Are Now Off
Gordon G. Chang
December 17, 2014
Without any evidence or provocation, she attacks Swamp Thing—and then gets beaten in the only fight she has in the issue.Wonder Woman Takes a Big Step Back
December 16, 2014
The provocation is likely to end any hesitation in Britain over launching strikes against ISIS in Iraq.ISIS Murder of British Hostage Likely to Draw UK Deeper Into New War
September 13, 2014
The provocation of a severe asthma attack after a cold is a well-known and well-traveled path to serious illness.Midwest's 'Mystery Virus' Is Scary but Not Deadly
September 8, 2014
None were killed and Ukraine called the incident an attempt at a provocation.Ukrainian Troops Retreat From Russian Border, Leaving 100 Kilometers Open to Invasion
August 12, 2014
Historical Examples of provocation
How in the name of wonder will I hinder her to give me provocation?Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
I thought my devotion in spite of every provocation might burn away your bitterness.The Eternal City
They were patient and long-suffering under difficulties and provocation.Herbert Hoover
To ears tingling with prophetic apprehension the provocation was intense.Audrey Craven
When I think of the provocation, I do not blame you––so much!The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- the act of provoking or inciting
- something that causes indignation, anger, etc
- English criminal law words or conduct that incite a person to attack another
Word Origin and History for provocation
c.1400, from Old French provocacion (12c.) and directly from Latin provocationem (nominative provocatio) "a calling forth, a summoning, a challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of provocare "to call out" (see provoke).