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Synonyms for provocation
ˌprɒv əˈkeɪ ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aggravation, irritation, provocation(noun)

    unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

    discomfort, temper, annoying, exacerbation, botheration, pique, innervation, incitement, incitation, excitation, soreness, irritation, exasperation, aggravation, vexation, annoyance

  2. incitement, incitation, provocation(noun)

    something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action

    aggravation, exhortation, incitement, incitation, irritation

  3. provocation, incitement(noun)

    needed encouragement

    "the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation"

    aggravation, exhortation, incitement, incitation, irritation

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. provocation

    incitement, stimulus, stimulant, provocative, affront, indignity, insult

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. provocation(n.)

    incitement, stimulus, stimulant, incentive, provocative

  2. provocation(n.)

    affront, offence, indignity, insult

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    provocative, incitement, challenge, infliction

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How to use provocation in a sentence?

  1. Michael Hirson:

    China will not phase out its imports from Iran by any means, but they are going to stop short of the kind of action that would be open provocation to the President Donald Trump administration.

  2. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman:

    It's not only a provocation for Argentina but is also an insult to the United Nations.

  3. Rex Tillerson:

    Past efforts have failed to halt North Korea's unlawful weapons programs and nuclear and ballistic missile tests, with each provocation, North Korea jeopardizes stability in Northeast Asia and poses a growing threat to our allies and the U.S. homeland.

  4. Abby Schreiber:

    I don’t think it’s necessarily unwise for a business to make a political statement, particularly privately-owned businesses in the fashion sector, said Abby Schreiber, managing editor at Paper Magazine. Fashion has always been about expression, provocation and, not infrequently, politics and, to that end, these designers ’ refusal to dress Melania Trump is not, in and of itself, unusual for this industry. fashion designers have long attempted to tell a story about their brand and vision and to articulate a feeling, emotion or sense of who their customer or ‘ muse ’ is, Schreiber said. And for those designers who are troubled by the hateful, bigoted rhetoric that surrounded Trump’s campaign, it may make sense for them to want to distance their brand and their vision from it. But Robert Casey, President of modeling agency Maggie, Inc., offered a simple solution.

  5. Zhang Baohui:

    We're in for a difficult time...when it comes to the Paracels, China is not going to budge on what it sees as its absolute sovereign rights, we could see China acting more swiftly and decisively to anything it sees as a so-called provocation in the Paracels.

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