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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.


Synonymsincitement


Broader (hypernym)encouragement


Narrower (hyponym)subornation









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