Definitions for: Provocation


[n] unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
[n] needed encouragement; "the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation"
[n] something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action



Webster (1913) Definition: Prov`o*ca"tion, n. [F. provocation, L. provocatio.
See Provoke.]
1. The act of provoking, or causing vexation or, anger.
--Fabyan.

2. That which provokes, or excites anger; the cause of
resentment; as, to give provocation. --Paley.

3. Incitement; stimulus; as, provocation to mirth.

4. (Law) Such prior insult or injury as may be supposed,
under the circumstances, to create hot blood, and to
excuse an assault made in retort or redress.

5. An appeal to a court.

Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --Ayliffe.

Synonyms: aggravation, incitation, incitement, incitement, irritation

See Also: aggression, aggro, encouragement, last straw, mental energy, psychic energy, signal, subornation, taunt, taunting, twit

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