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Definition of Provocation

Provocation

  1. The act of provoking, or causing vexation or, anger.
  2. That which provokes, or excites anger; the cause of resentment; as, to give provocation.
  3. Incitement; stimulus; as, provocation to mirth.
  4. Such prior insult or injury as may be supposed, under the circumstances, to create hot blood, and to excuse an assault made in retort or redress.
  5. An appeal to a court. [A Latinism]

Provocation Quotations

All anger is not sinful, because some degree of it, and on some occasions, is inevitable. But it becomes sinful and contradicts the rule of Scripture when it is conceived upon slight and inadequate provocation, and when it continues long.
Wilson Mizner

People have a constitutional right to burn a Koran if they want to, but doing so is insensitive and an unnecessary provocation - much like building a mosque at Ground Zero.
Sarah Palin

I admit that invective is one of my pleasures. This only brings me problems in life, but that's it. I attack, I insult. I have a gift for that, for insults, for provocation. So I am tempted to use it.
Michel Houellebecq

'Funny Games' was conceived as a provocation. My other films are different. If people feel my other films are, or respond to them as provocation, then that's quite different. 'Funny Games' is the only one of mine where my intention was to provoke the audience.
Michael Haneke

Some felt as if 'Charlie Hebdo' was obsessed with its 'Screw Allah' stance. It's a sort of provocation that caused a lot of debates.
Patrick Chappatte
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Provocation Translations

provocation in French is bravade, provocation
provocation in German is Herausforderung
provocation in Italian is disfida
provocation in Swedish is anledning
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