aggression

noun
ag·​gres·​sion | \ ə-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce aggression (audio) \

Definition of aggression

1 : a forceful action or procedure (such as an unprovoked attack) especially when intended to dominate or master
2 : the practice of making attacks or encroachments especially : unprovoked violation by one country of the territorial integrity of another warned that any act of aggression could start a war
3 : hostile, injurious, or destructive behavior or outlook especially when caused by frustration Aggression is often the expression of pent-up rage.

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Examples of aggression in a Sentence

He has a lot of pent-up aggression. behavior that is likely to provoke aggression dangerous dogs showing aggression toward people The government says that it will view any attempt to fly over its territory as an act of aggression.
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Recent Examples on the Web Former President Donald Trump, a Republican, has routinely downplayed Russian aggression. Alan Suderman, USA TODAY, 12 Oct. 2021 Former President Donald Trump, a Republican, has routinely downplayed Russian aggression. Alan Suderman, ajc, 11 Oct. 2021 The special-operations unit and the Marine contingent are a small but symbolic effort by the U.S. to increase Taipei’s confidence in building its defenses against potential Chinese aggression. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, 7 Oct. 2021 Even so, the past few years have been marked by new waves of alleged Russian aggression. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an alliance of European and North American countries formed after World War II as a bulwark against Russian aggression. Jonathan Lemire, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2021 The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an alliance of European and North American countries formed after World War II as a bulwark against Russian aggression. Aamer Madhani, Star Tribune, 14 June 2021 Having a Russian pipeline traverse Ukraine also helps protect Ukraine from Russian aggression, Portman argues, because Russia doesn’t want to attack its own pipeline. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 7 June 2021 These are all the different ways the United States has tried to confront Russian aggression, going back to 2014. NBC News, 6 June 2021

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First Known Use of aggression

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aggression

borrowed from French & Latin; French agression, going back to Middle French, "attack," borrowed from Latin aggressiōn-, aggressiō, from aggredī "to approach, attack" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at aggress

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22 Oct 2021

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“Aggression.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aggression. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for aggression

aggression

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aggression

: angry or violent behavior or feelings
: hostile action against another country, government, etc.

aggression

noun
ag·​gres·​sion | \ ə-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce aggression (audio) \

Kids Definition of aggression

1 : angry or violent behavior or feelings Young children must learn to use words rather than physical aggression.
2 : hostile action made without reasonable cause military aggression

aggression

noun
ag·​gres·​sion | \ ə-ˈgresh-ən How to pronounce aggression (audio) \

Medical Definition of aggression

: hostile, injurious, or destructive behavior or outlook

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