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provocation (ˌprɒvəˈkeɪʃən Pronunciation for provocation



  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'

He knew that Sharpe's insults were more than mere anger, but a deliberate provocation to a duel.
Cornwell, Bernard Sharpe's Waterloo
North Korea said the exercises were an "intolerable provocation ".
New Zealand Herald (2003)
Not in a drunken embrace or when stoned to the bone but sober and without provocation.
James Birrell THE MANANA MAN (2002)
Richard said the carnage was iniquitous, whatever the provocation.
Martin, Joy The Image of Laura
Such as, Canadian geese will attack with very little provocation and they bite hard.
Edmonton Sun (2003)
The immediate provocation for trying out some trail-blazing ideas in marketing at Roadmaster Tyres was a demand recession.
Business Today (1998)
They do it all the time anyway without provocation heaven forbid I provoke them!
Shell, Ray Iced


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