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.
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.
Recent Examples of aggression from the Web
But that position was in the works under Trump’s White House predecessor, and came about because of worries about Russian aggression as well as from a desire to respond more effectively to the Islamic State group.
Additional credit, of course, goes to the actor, Andrew Long, who at various points approximates Mr. Trump’s characteristic shrug-smirk-wince and his familiar seesaw of aggression and petulance.
Kushner, who earned Trump's confidence during the 2016 campaign, has jostled for primacy with Trump's Svengali, Stephen Bannon -- but the President, who describes himself as a fighter, likely admires this aggression.
Though some personality types may be more prone to aggression, most drivers are prone to get angry in traffic sometimes.
Released in 1992, the controversial project was lauded for its candor and sheer aggression.
This aggression can be deadly for humans, who are far outmatched by an elephant’s size and height in a confrontation.
A lot of people tend to under-communicate in a relationship, which can lead to passive aggression.
Worthy writes off any arguments that violent games are a way to act out aggression in a safe environment.
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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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