provocation - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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/ˌprɒvəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
singularprovocation
pluralprovocations
  1. something that causes you to react in an angry or violent way, often something that is intended to cause such a reaction
    act of provocation:

    The attack was an act of provocation by opponents of the peace process.

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