ag·​gres·​sor | \ ə-ˈgre-sər \

Definition of aggressor

: one that commits or practices aggression

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Synonyms for aggressor


invader, raider

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Examples of aggressor in a Sentence

Each country accused the other of being the aggressor. these pocket-size states had formed an alliance to deter potential aggressors

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Finally, ginger defends skin against external aggressors like pollution and is paired with vitamin C to even out hyperpigmentation and further brighten skin. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 Miller claimed that Spencer was the initial physical aggressor, after his unsuccessful come-on. Chris Harris,, "Man Claims He Killed Neighbor in Self-Defense After Victim Tried to Come Onto Him: 'I’m Not Gay'," 30 Apr. 2018 An anonymous tip line designed to find potential aggressors might also receive calls about drug use, or a suicide. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018 The formula includes vitamin E to condition skin and provide antioxidant protection against environmental aggressors. Hallie Gould, The Seattle Times, "6 top products for smooth summer skin," 26 July 2018 Gianforte initially told police that Jacobs attacked him first, and his campaign initially released a statement repeating that Jacobs was the aggressor. Matt Volz, The Seattle Times, "Reporter warns Rep. Gianforte not to lie about 2017 attack," 26 Oct. 2018 About a month ago at a bar, a woman lambasted her for staking out more than her fair share of real estate, then recruited the bartender for backup, who agreed that Finck was the aggressor. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In a New Graphic Memoir, Liana Finck Traces Her Own Origin Story," 18 Sep. 2018 Despite Morocco having failed to capitalise on their ascendancy despite being the aggressor in the Group B match-up, the Portuguese manager admitted his side's performance spelt trouble., "Portugal Boss 'Not Happy' With 'Out of Control' Performance in Narrow Win Over Morocco," 20 June 2018 The Cavs came in wanting to play faster and be more physical with the younger Celtics, who were the aggressors in Games 1 and 2. Tom Withers,, "On time, on target: LeBron James and Cavaliers pound Celtics in Game 3," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of aggressor

1585, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for aggressor

borrowed from Latin, "attacker, assailant," from aggredī, adgredī "to approach, attack" + -tor, agent suffix — more at aggress

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The first known use of aggressor was in 1585

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English Language Learners Definition of aggressor

: a person or country that attacks another : a person or country that starts a fight or war


ag·​gres·​sor | \ ə-ˈgre-sər \

Kids Definition of aggressor

: a person or a country that engages in hostile action without reasonable cause


ag·​gres·​sor | \ ə-ˈgres-ər \

Medical Definition of aggressor

: one who exhibits aggression

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