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provocation

Synonyms of provocation in English:

noun

  • 1 he remained calm despite severe provocation
    goading, prodding, egging on, incitement, pressure;
    annoyance, irritation, nettling;
    harassment, plaguing, molestation;
    teasing, taunting, torment;
    affront, insults
    informal hassle, aggravation
  • 2 without provocation, Bill punched Mr. Cartwright
    justification, excuse, pretext, occasion, call, motivation, motive, cause, grounds, reason, need
    formal casus belli
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