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provocation

Synonyms of provocation in English:

noun

  • 1 he remained calm despite severe provocation
    goading, prodding, egging on, incitement, rousing, stirring, stimulation, prompting, inducement, encouragement, urging, inspiration, stimulus, pressure;
    annoyance, irritation, nettling, agitation, vexation, being rubbed up the wrong way;
    harassment, plaguing, molestation;
    teasing, taunting, torment;
    informal hassle, aggravation
  • 2 without provocation, Jones punched Mr Cartwright
    justification, excuse, pretext, occasion, call, motivation, motive, cause, grounds, reason, purpose, need
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