provocation

A provocation makes someone angry or sometimes even violent. Telling a professional boxer how ugly he is would be considered a provocation — one that might get you punched in the face.

Provocation is the act of provoking someone — doing something just to get a reaction. During election season, opponents sometimes use provocation to try to ruin one another's reputation. However, sometimes it backfires and the one doing the provoking, looking like a bully, loses votes. Some celebrities whose stars are fading use provocation like making scandalous statements to try to keep their names in the headlines.

Definitions of provocation
1

n something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action

Synonyms:
incitation, incitement
Types:
signal
any incitement to action
Type of:
mental energy, psychic energy
an actuating force or factor

n needed encouragement

“the result was a provocation of vigorous investigation”
Synonyms:
incitement
Types:
subornation
underhandedly or improperly inducing someone to do something improper or unlawful
subornation of perjury
(law) inducing someone to make a false oath as part of a judicial proceeding
Type of:
encouragement
the expression of approval and support

n unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

Synonyms:
aggravation, irritation
Types:
aggro
(informal British usage) aggravation or aggression
last straw
the final irritation that stretches your patience beyond the limit
taunt, taunting, twit
aggravation by deriding or mocking or criticizing
Type of:
aggression
deliberately unfriendly behavior

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