Origin of provocation
Examples from the Web for provocation
And then he went on a tear in early 2013, creating one provocation after another, seemingly every day for more than two months.
Without any evidence or provocation, she attacks Swamp Thing—and then gets beaten in the only fight she has in the issue.
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|Nico Hines|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The provocation of a severe asthma attack after a cold is a well-known and well-traveled path to serious illness.
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|Pierre Vaux|August 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Does she really think me such a wretch as to cause Ovid, under any provocation, a moment's anxiety while he is away?
Harden not your heart as in the provocation in the day of temptation in the wilderness.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Samuel|W. G. Blaikie
Mr. Null, professionally and personally, was incapable of stepping beyond his own narrow limits, under any provocation whatever.
He knew perfectly well he was incapable of killing a man in cold blood, no matter what the provocation.The Pirates of Shan|Harold Leland Goodwin
If the transaction should become known, the conclusion will now become known along with the provocation, and I am satisfied.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for provocation
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).