Unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment.
Roget 824: excitation of feeling; mental excitement; suscitation†, galvanism, stimulation, piquance, piquancy, provocation, inspiration, calling forth, infection; animation, agitation, perturbation; ... show more
Something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action.
— The result was a provocation of vigorous investigation.
Moby thesaurus: bothering, cause, grounds, harassment, incentive, incitement, inducement, initiation, instigation, insult, irking, irritation, justification, motivation, motive, provoking, reason, stimulus, taunt, vexation ... show more.
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