[syn: provocation, incitement]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Provocation \Prov`o*ca"tion\, n. [F. provocation, L. provocatio.
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. --Paley.
3. Incitement; stimulus; as, provocation to mirth.
4. (Law) 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.
Note: [A Latinism] [Obs.] --Ayliffe.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment [syn:
aggravation, irritation, provocation]
2: something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or
stirring to action [syn: incitement, incitation,
3: needed encouragement; "the result was a provocation of
vigorous investigation" [syn: provocation, incitement]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
21 Moby Thesaurus words for "provocation":
bothering, cause, grounds, harassment, incentive, incitement,
inducement, initiation, instigation, insult, irking, irritation,
justification, motivation, motive, provoking, reason, stimulus,
taunt, vexation, vexing
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
PROVOCATION. The act of inciting another to do something.
2. Provocation simply, unaccompanied by a crime or misdemeanor, does
not justify the person provoked to commit an assault and battery. In cases
of homicide, it may reduce the offence from murder to manslaughter. But when
the provocation is given for the purpose of justifying or excusing an
intended murder, and the party provoked is killed, it is no justification. 2
Gilb. Ev. by Lofft, 753.
3. The unjust provocation by a wife of her husband, in consequence of
which she suffers from his ill usage, will not entitle her to a divorce on
the ground of cruelty; her remedy, in such cases, is by changing her
manners. 2 Lee,, R. 172; 1 Hagg. Cons. Rep. 155. Vide Cruelty; To Persuade;
1 Russ. on Cr. B. 3, c. 1, s. 1, page 434, and B. 3, c. 3, s. 1, pa e 486; 1
East, P. C. 232 to 241.