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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

Through music I either tame my demons or unleash them and allow them to be what they are. I don't want the music to be about provocation, I want the music to bring you to a place where you feel at home.
Michael Franti

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.
Edward P. Morgan

Those wars are unjust which are undertaken without provocation. For only a war waged for revenge or defense can be just.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

You take a number of small steps which you believe are right, thinking maybe tomorrow somebody will treat this as a dangerous provocation. And then you wait. If there is no reaction, you take another step: courage is only an accumulation of small steps.
George Konrad

Art is the provocation for talking about enigma and the search for sense in human life. One can do that by telling a story or writing about a fresco by Giotto or studying how a snail climbs up a wall.
John Berger
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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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