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passive–aggressive

adjective

Definition of PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE

:  being, marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way (as through procrastination and stubbornness)
passive–aggressive noun

First Known Use of PASSIVE-AGGRESSIVE

1946

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