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provocation

prov·o·ca·tion

provocation

 
 
pronunciation:
pra v keI shn
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of provoking.
The leaders reacted to this provocation by launching their own missile strikes in return.
antonyms:
appeasement
definition 2: something that causes anger or irritation, esp. deliberately.
similar words:
mischief
derivation: provocational (adj.)