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prov·o·ca·tion  audio  (prv-kshn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. The act of provoking or inciting.
  2. Something that provokes.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English provocacioun, from Old French provocation, from Latin prvocti, prvoctin-, a challenging, from prvoctus, past participle of prvocre, to challenge ; see provoke


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