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provocation (ˌprɒvəˈkeɪʃən



  1. the act of provoking or inciting
  2. something that causes indignation, anger, etc
  3. (English criminal law) words or conduct that incite a person to attack another

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.
James Birrell THE MANANA MAN (2002)
They do it all the time anyway without provocation heaven forbid I provoke them!
Shell, Ray Iced
Richard said the carnage was iniquitous, whatever the provocation.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura


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