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PROVOCATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does provocation mean? 

PROVOCATION (noun)
  The noun PROVOCATION has 3 senses:

1. unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
2. something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
3. needed encouragement

  Familiarity information: PROVOCATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PROVOCATION (noun)


Sense 1provocation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

provocation; aggravation; irritation

Hypernyms ("provocation" is a kind of...):

aggression (deliberately unfriendly behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "provocation"):

aggro ((informal British usage) aggravation or aggression)

last straw (the final irritation that stretches you patience beyond the limit)

taunt; taunting; twit (aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing)


Sense 2provocation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting goals

Synonyms:

incitation; provocation; incitement

Hypernyms ("provocation" is a kind of...):

mental energy; psychic energy (an actuating force or factor)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "provocation"):

signal (any incitement to action)


Sense 3provocation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Needed encouragement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

incitement; provocation

Context example:

the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation

Hypernyms ("provocation" is a kind of...):

encouragement (the expression of approval and support)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "provocation"):

subornation (underhandedly or improperly inducing someone to do something improper or unlawful)


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