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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But this kind of closeness is based in camaraderie and aggression, not vulnerability and trust. Melanie Hamlett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden," 2 May 2019 The aim should be to remain engaged with ordinary Russians while containing Mr Putin’s aggression, just as Western diplomats distinguished between the Soviet regime and its citizens. The Economist, "The struggle for Russia is just beginning," 22 Mar. 2018 When the moment comes to attack, Adelaide strikes without fear and without over-the-top aggression. Susan X Jane, Glamour, "In Us, Lupita Nyong’o Is the Horror Heroine We’ve Been Waiting For," 22 Mar. 2019 With four squads on the board, anyone with a diminished hand of cards is left unable to defend themselves and thus becomes a target for everyone else's aggression. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Wildlands may be the slickest, simplest fantasy skirmish game ever made," 1 Dec. 2018 And Peugeot’s gorgeous e-Legend Concept is a drop of design flair and aggression amid a sea of visual predictability. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "The future of electric car design has yet to be written," 5 Oct. 2018 Owners must pick up after their dogs and stay near enough to monitor any signs of aggression or other problems. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "It's A Dog's Life At The Rocky Hill Dog Park," 27 June 2018 Sisi promised to secure Egypt from the aggressions of political Islam (Islam not as religion but as the political exploitation of religion). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Can Egypt Convince the World That It Is Starting Over?," 19 Mar. 2019 In recent years in Europe, of course, the Russian aggression in Crimea and Ukraine has been a huge worry, and has led to an increase in military spending in the Baltic and Eastern European countries. Heather Souvaine Horn, The New Republic, "Is It Fair for Trump to Bash NATO Over Military Spending?," 12 July 2018

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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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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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