Synonyms for Provocation:
n.pain, Bothering, feelings, pestering. defiance, attack, challenge. goad. •act (noun)
discomposure, resentment, bedevilment, exasperation, perturbation, disturbance, virulence, irritation, enragement, torment, annoyance, vexation, harassment, bother, exacerbation, petulance, trouble, arousal, indignation, pique, aggravation, ire, inflammation, scorn.
determinant, motivator, compulsion, enforcement, grounds, drive, stimulus, generation, effectuation, origination, basis, source, evocation, compunction, elicitation, inspiration, root, cause, execution, mainspring, action, force, factor, motive.
contributor, base, occasion, influence, culprit.
•incitement, stimulus (noun)
challenge, harassment, motivation, Bothering, instigation, vexation, cause, annoyance, inducement, grounds, incentive.
impulse, incitement, prod, inducement, motivation, impetus, incentive, instigation, lure.
facilitation, urge, induction, propulsion, fomentation, goading, impulsion, fermentation, trigger, prompting, fire, catalyst, magnetism, stimulation, energy, enticement.
incitation, irritation, aggravation, incitement.
Bothering, challenge, pestering. defiance, goad. •Other relevant words:
challenge, defiance, goad, Bothering, influence, occasion, contributor, culprit, feelings, attack, incitation, pestering, base, pain.
Usage examples for provocation
Indeed, later in the day, the children felt honesty demanded they must own her to be " rather a brick," for she accepted Barbara's apology with good grace, and said that though, of course, she had been rude, she would not deny that there had been some provocation and that if Barbara could find out anything more from Dick, she would be glad to hear of it. – Barbara in Brittany by E. A. Gillie