Definitions of provocation

  1. something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The act of provoking, or causing vexation or, anger. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. That which provokes, or excites anger; the cause of resentment; as, to give provocation. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Incitement; stimulus; as, provocation to mirth. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. An appeal to a court. [A Latinism] Newage Dictionary DB
  7. The act of inciting another person to do a particular thing. In a fault divorce, provocation may constitute a defense to the divorce, preventing it from going through. For example, if a wife suing for divorce claims that her husband abandoned her, the husband might defend the suit on the grounds that she provoked the abandonment by driving him out of the house.
  8. That which excites to anger or resentment; act of exciting to anger; as, he was subjected to great provocation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Act of provoking: that which provokes. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. The act of provoking. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. An incitement to action. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Anything that excites to anger or resentment; the act of exciting anger. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for provocation

  1. The one contended that there could be no sufficient reason for repealing a law from which no one suffered; the other, that it was a needless provocation of ill- feeling to retain a law which no one ever dreamed of enforcing. – The Constitutional History of England From 1760 to 1860 by Charles Duke Yonge
  2. The provocation must have been great. – Tom Brown's School Days by Thomas Hughes