Part of speech: noun

The act of provoking.

Part of speech: noun

An incitement to action.

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Usage examples "provocation":

  1. If you stay here and approach your father in a proper spirit, I have no doubt but that he will forget all the rough words he said to you the other day, for which indeed you know you gave him some provocation. - "Allan and the Holy Flower", H. Rider Haggard.
  2. A sudden intolerable provocation? - "Witness For The Defence", A.E.W. Mason.
  3. It is so kind, ' said the mother; and Arthurine, who looked as if she had not slept all night, and was ready to burst into tears on the least provocation, murmured something to the same effect, which the Admiral answered, half hearing- 'Never mind, my dear, you will be wiser another time; young people will be inexperienced. - "More Bywords", Charlotte M. Yonge.