Middle English Dictionary Entry

prō̆vocāciǒun n.
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Definitions (Senses and Subsenses)

(a) Incitement, urging; (b) prayer for forgiveness, supplication; (c) med. & surg. the inducing of a bodily function; stimulation of the hemorrhoidal veins; (d) law an appeal, esp. to a higher court; also, an appeal to the pope.

Supplemental Materials (draft)

  • a1484 De Retard.Senect.(Trin-C R.14.52)165/458 : Whan the humour synneth, ffirst the body ought from of or of that humour in the bigynnyng fully to be purged, therof the flessh and the naile with prouocacioun of long swete to be mundified and clensed.
  • Note: Ed.: "prouocacioun n. 'inducing (of a bodily fluid)'."
    Note: Postdates word, sense (c)