Definition of provocation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

provocation

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌprɒvəˈkeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌprɑːvəˈkeɪʃn//
 
[uncountable, countable] Anger
 
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the act of doing or saying something deliberately in order to make somebody angry or upset; something that is done or said to cause this He reacted violently only under provocation. The terrorists can strike at any time without provocation. She bursts into tears at the slightest provocation. So far the police have refused to respond to their provocations. See related entries: Anger Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin provocatio(n-), from the verb provocare ‘challenge’, from pro- ‘forth’ + vocare ‘to call’.Extra examples She attacked him without provocation. The crime was committed under provocation. The defendant was not acting under provocation. The victim’s conduct had involved an element of provocation. Words alone can constitute provocation.
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