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provocation

noun
     
prov‧o‧ca‧tion [uncountable and countable]
an action or event that makes someone angry or upset, or is intended to do this [↪ provoke]
without provocation
She claims that Graham attacked her without any provocation.
He was accused of deliberate provocation.
Julie has a tendency to burst into tears at the slightest provocation.

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