Definition of 'provocation'
Example sentences containing 'provocation'
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Yet players these days react aggressively at the slightest provocation. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Officers warned they could attack with the slightest provocation. The Sun (2013)He reputedly gambled on anything at the slightest provocation. Times, Sunday Times (2006)He had a fiery temper and would explode at the slightest provocation. The Sun (2007)The film maker is famed for being super polite and calm in the face of extreme provocation. The Sun (2011)He kept his cool under extreme provocation. The Sun (2010)Both were trying to shake up capitalism by extreme provocation. Times, Sunday Times (2012)They were kind to her and apologetic to the rest of us in the face of extreme provocation. Times, Sunday Times (2012)No country in the world is going to ignore the provocation of rockets being launched from neighbouring territory day after day. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Everyone weeps at the slightest provocation. Times, Sunday Times (2012)And in fact, he has been exemplary under extreme provocation. The Sun (2011)These include fear or provocation of violence or intentional harassment, alarm or distress. The Sun (2013)I think he shows his fears and his provocation about women. Times, Sunday Times (2009)In tonight's episode, he meets a wife and mother who flies off the handle at the slightest provocation. Times, Sunday Times (2012)In such a situation, pressure would be intense to launch nuclear weapons at the slightest provocation, lest the enemy be about to do the same. Warfare in the Twentieth Century (1988)
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Translations for 'provocation'
British English: provocation NOUN
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.
He denies murder on the grounds of provocation.
Definition of provocation from the Collins English Dictionary
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