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provocation

US [ˌprɑvəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n]
UK [ˌprɒvəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n]
  • n.挑衅;刺激;激怒
  • Web挑拨;激发;挑逗
Plural Form:provocations  
provocation
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挑衅;刺激;激怒the act of doing or saying sth deliberately in order to make sb angry or upset; something that is done or said to cause this
He reacted violently only under provocation .
只因为被激怒,他才暴力相向。
The terrorists can strike at any time without provocation .
恐怖分子可能无缘无故地随时攻击。
She bursts into tears at the slightest provocation .
稍一招惹,她就大哭起来。
So far the police have refused to respond to their provocations.
截至目前为止,警方并未对他们的挑衅作出反应。

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