What was the provocation for that unpleasant outburst?
2 insult, offence, taunt, irritation:
After a series of provocations, the final straw was his remark about my mother.
Advanced English Dictionary
+noun (plural provisos) a condition that must be accepted before an agreement can be made Synonym: PROVISION Their participation is subject to a number of important provisos. + He agreed to their visit with the proviso that they should stay no longer than one week.
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