[ prov-uh-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌprɒv əˈkeɪ ʃən /


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

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin prōvocātiōn- (stem of prōvocātiō) a calling forth, equivalent to prōvocāt(us) (past participle of prōvocāre to provoke; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM provocation

prov·o·ca·tion·al, adjectivenon·prov·o·ca·tion, nouno·ver·prov·o·ca·tion, nounpre·prov·o·ca·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for provocation

/ (ˌprɒvəˈkeɪʃən) /


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
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