Synonyms for provocation
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- 1. aggravation, irritation, provocation, aggression
- usage: unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment
- 2. incitement, incitation, provocation, psychic energy, mental energy
- usage: something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
- 3. provocation, incitement, encouragement
- usage: needed encouragement; "the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation"