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English noun: provocation

1. provocation (act) unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

Synonymsaggravation, irritation

Broader (hypernym)aggression

Narrower (hyponym)aggro, last straw, taunt, taunting, twit

2. provocation (motive) something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action

Synonymsincitation, incitement

Broader (hypernym)mental energy, psychic energy

Narrower (hyponym)signal

3. provocation (communication) needed encouragement

SamplesThe result was a provocation of vigorous investigation.


Broader (hypernym)encouragement

Narrower (hyponym)subornation

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