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provocation

noun

1 provocation

Unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment.

synonyms: aggravation, irritation.

Roget 900: resentment, displeasure, animosity, anger, wrath, indignation; exasperation, bitter resentment, wrathful indignation.    pique, umbrage, huff, miff, ... show more

Roget 830: painfulness etc. adj.; trouble, care etc. (pain) 828; trial; affliction, infliction; blow, stroke, burden, ... show more

Roget 824: excitation of feeling; mental excitement; suscitation, galvanism, stimulation, piquance, piquancy, provocation, inspiration, calling forth, infection; animation, agitation, perturbation; ... show more

Polish: pogorszenie



2 provocation

Something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action.

synonyms: incitation, incitement.

Roget 615: motive, springs of action, wellsprings of action.    reason, ground, call, principle; by end, by purpose; mainspring, primum mobile [Lat.], keystone; the why and the wherefore; ... show more

3 provocation

Needed encouragement:
— The result was a provocation of vigorous investigation.

synonym: incitement.

Polish: prowokacja


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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