- 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.
- 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
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- 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.