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noun [countable/uncountable] provocation pronunciation in American English /ˌprɑvəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/
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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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