pro·voke /prə-'vōk/ vt pro·voked, pro·vok·ing1: to incite to anger2: to provide the needed stimulus forpro·vok·er n
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
actuate, affront, aggravate, agitate, anger, animate, annoy, antagonize, arouse, awaken, badger, bait, begin, beset, bother, bring about, call forth, cause, challenge, defy, discompose, displease, disquiet, distress, drive, effect, egg on, elicit, enkindle, enrage, envenom, evoke, exacerbate, exasperate, excite, fire, fret, gall, generate, give offense, give origin, give rise, grate, harass, heckle, hector, hound, impel, incense, incite, induce, inflame, infuriate, instigate, insult, irk, irritate, kindle, madden, motivate, move, move to anger, nettle, occasion, offend, originate, persecute, perturb, pique, plague, promote, prompt, propel, push, put out, put out of humor, rally, roil, rouse, spur, stimulate, sting, stir, stir up, taunt, tease, torment, try one's patience, vex, work into a passion, work up, wound
aggravate (annoy), agitate (activate), annoy, antagonize, badger, bait (harass), bait (lure), cause, coax, contrive, discommode, discompose, evoke, exacerbate, foment, generate, harass, harrow, harry (harass), hector, incense, incite, inspire, irritate, lobby, mistreat, molest (annoy), occasion, offend (insult), originate, persecute, perturb, pique, plague, press (goad), prompt, spirit, stimulate, urge
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
v.To cause someone to act, usually by deliberately annoying or irritating him or her.n.provocation
The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.