Prov`o*ca"tion (?), n. [F. provocation, L. provocatio. See Provoke.]
The act of provoking, or causing vexation or, anger.
That which provokes, or excites anger; the cause of resentment; as, to give provocation.
Incitement; stimulus; as, provocation to mirth.
Such prior insult or injury as may be supposed, under the circumstances, to create hot blood, and to excuse an assault made in retort or redress.
An appeal to a court. [A Latinism]
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