“Putting up the reef was a provocation,” Searle told The Daily Beast.
When Abbas began talks last month to form a unity government with Hamas, the Israelis saw the move as a provocation.
After a year of provocation, Harry Reid has finally pulled the trigger on the nuclear option.
Hamas says this was a provocation; it started firing rockets en masse, ending the unwritten cease-fire in effect since June.
“We also have to make sure that we learn as much as we can about elements of provocation,” said Smith.
How could you slay an innocent girl without the least provocation?
Jennie Bruce would fight for her friend at the least provocation.
One night in that year an Indian killed one of the habitues of the place, the provocation being unbearable.
Her own round, sparkling black ones were full of provocation.
Whatever the provocation, the behaviour of the Germans was that of savages.
c.1400, from Old French provocacion (12c.) and directly from Latin provocationem (nominative provocatio) "a calling forth, a summoning, a challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of provocare "to call out" (see provoke).