AskDefine | Define provocation

Dictionary Definition



1 unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment [syn: aggravation, irritation]
2 something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action [syn: incitement, incitation]
3 needed encouragement; "the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation" [syn: incitement]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of provoking, inciting or annoying someone into doing something
  2. Something that provokes; a provocative act


Extensive Definition

A provocation is an act that causes a response.
Provocation and provoke can refer to:
  • Provocation (legal), a type of legal defense in court which claims the "victim" provoked the accused's actions
  • Agent provocateur, a (generally political) group that tries to goad a desired response from the group or otherwise disrupt its activity
  • Provocation (medical), a way of medical testing for conditions such as an allergy by provoking the immune system's response
  • Provoke (album), a 1998 album by Altar and their final release on Displeased Records
  • Provoked (film), a 2007 British film starring Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews
provocation in French: Provocation
provocation in Japanese: Provoke

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