- Provocation is defined as something that gets someone to act, especially out of irritation.
A mosquito’s buzzing prompting someone to swat it is an example of provocation.
provocation definition by Webster's New World
- an act or instance of provoking
- something that provokes; esp., a cause of resentment or irritation
Origin: Middle English provocacion ; from Middle French provocation ; from Classical Latin provocatio
provocation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of provoking or inciting.
- Something that provokes.
Origin: Middle English provocacioun, from Old French provocation, from Latin prōvocātiō, prōvocātiōn-, a challenging, from prōvocātus, past participle of prōvocāre, to challenge; see provoke.