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Synonyms for provocation

Synonyms for provocation

behavior or an act that is intentionally provocative

something that incites especially a violent response

Synonyms for provocation

unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

something that incites or provokes

needed encouragement

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But Francine--still influenced by the magnetic attraction which drew her to Emily--did not conceal from herself that she had offered the provocation, and had been therefore the person to blame.
Winnie had also other charms: her youth; her full, rounded form; her clear complexion; the provocation of her unfathomable reserve, which never went so far as to prevent conversation, carried on on the lodgers' part with animation, and on hers with an equable amiability.
Haven't you yourself declared that the fellow has heaped provocations, insults, and affronts on you, or something to that effect?
Yes," replied Grandfather; "it was so called, because the British, without provocation, had fired upon a party of minute-men, near Lexington meeting-house, and killed eight of them.
Should we hear of any atrocities committed by the Arickaras upon captive white men, let this signal and recent provocation be borne in mind.
Her continual disagreements with her mother, her rash squabbles with Tom and Charles, and petulance with Betsey, were at least so distressing to Fanny that, though admitting they were by no means without provocation, she feared the disposition that could push them to such length must be far from amiable, and from affording any repose to herself.
Neither is the opinion of some of the Schoolmen, to be received, that a war cannot justly be made, but upon a precedent injury or provocation.
For whereas the one shoves and has been known to kick on slight provocation, the other, who is noisily hated of all small dogs by reason of his size, remonstrates not, even when they cling in froth and fury to his chest, but carries them along tolerantly until they drop off from fatigue.
His ebullient spirits were always on tap to spill over on the slightest provocation, and, as he was afterwards to demonstrate, he could weary a puppy with play.
Provocations to produce the desired appearances might even be given to some foreign power, and appeased again by timely concessions.
The Sumgayit unrest was a provocation against Azerbaijan by the intelligence services of Armenia and the State Security Committee of the USSR, reads a joint statement issued by Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry and Prosecutor General's Office of Azerbaijan on Sumgayit events of 1988.
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stressed that attack against Russian base in Syria might be a staged provocation aimed at derailing the Syrian National Dialogue Congress.
However, if the North takes the other path and goes ahead with another provocation involving a nuclear-capable, intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), this will escalate the clashes between Pyongyang and Washington, worsening the situation.
The DPRKs repeated acts of provocation are a grave threat to peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and beyond.
NNA - South Korea's foreign ministry condemned North Korea's long-range missile launch Wednesday, warning the country's military provocation will only further deepen its diplomatic isolation and economic difficulties.