- 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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, red rag
Word usage trends for “provocation”
Translations for 'provocation'
- British English: provocation If you describe a person's action as provocation or a provocation, you mean that it is a reason for someone else to react angrily, violently, or emotionally. NOUNHe denies murder on the grounds of provocation.
- Brazilian Portuguese: provocação
- Chinese: 挑衅挑衅釁
- European Spanish: provocación
- French: provocation
- German: Provokation
- Italian: provocazione
- Japanese: 挑発
- Korean: 도발
- Portuguese: provocação
- Spanish: provocación
Example Sentences Including 'provocation'
Not in a drunken embrace or when stoned to the bone but sober and without provocation.
THE MANANA MAN (2002)
They do it all the time anyway without provocation heaven forbid I provoke them!
Richard said the carnage was iniquitous, whatever the provocation.
The Image of Laura