Definition of aggression
1 : a forceful action or procedure (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
3 : hostile, injurious, or destructive behavior or outlook especially when caused by frustration
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.
Origin and Etymology of aggression
Latin aggression-, aggressio attack, from aggredi to attack, from ad- + gradi to step, go — more at grade
First Known Use: 1611
AGGRESSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of aggression for English Language Learners
: angry or violent behavior or feelings
: hostile action against another country, government, etc.
AGGRESSION Defined for Kids
Definition of aggression for Students
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>
Medical Definition of aggression
: hostile, injurious, or destructive behavior or outlook
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