aggressor

noun
ag·​gres·​sor | \ ə-ˈgre-sər How to pronounce aggressor (audio) \

Definition of aggressor

: one that commits or practices aggression

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Synonyms for aggressor

Synonyms

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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Gibson outlined multiple requirements prosecutors abide by when determining to whether file charges in a self-defense case, including that the shooter cannot be the primary aggressor. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Woodbine homeowner won’t face charges for fatally shooting intruder, Howard County state’s attorney says," 3 Sep. 2019 That was the spry and spunky Ebel the Angels outfielders remembered from their years with him, an aggressor always stepping on the pedal. Los Angeles Times, "Angels make clutch throws at the plate to hold off Dodgers," 23 July 2019 According to authorities, Jones was the aggressor in the dispute that day and continued to press the fight even after Jemison had gotten into her vehicle to try to get away. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Marshae Jones will not be tried for manslaughter in unborn baby’s death, DA says," 3 July 2019 According to authorities, Jones was the aggressor in the dispute that day and continued to press the fight even after Jemison had gotten into her vehicle to try to get away. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, oregonlive, "Marshae Jones will not be tried for manslaughter in unborn baby’s death, DA says," 3 July 2019 Ujiri might also depict his actions as self-defense rather than those of an aggressor. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Potential Fallout From Masai Ujiri's Finals Run-In With a Sheriff's Deputy," 14 June 2019 The survey does not address who the aggressors are, though girls were more likely to note that their bullies were perceived to have the ability to influence others. Sally Ho, Houston Chronicle, "US cyberbullying is rising, and girls are bearing the brunt," 26 July 2019 The survey doesn’t address who the aggressors are, though girls were more likely to note that their bullies were perceived to have the ability to influence others. Washington Post, "Girls report more harassment amid rise in US cyberbullying," 26 July 2019 Taariq Vanegas, 21, claims his accuser was the aggressor and that the college in Northfield, Minn., failed to give him a fair disciplinary hearing. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Carleton College football player expelled for sexual assault after secret society initiation sues college," 26 July 2019

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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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aggressor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of aggressor

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

aggressor

noun
ag·​gres·​sor | \ ə-ˈgre-sər How to pronounce aggressor (audio) \

Kids Definition of aggressor

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

aggressor

noun
ag·​gres·​sor | \ ə-ˈgres-ər How to pronounce aggressor (audio) \

Medical Definition of aggressor

: one who exhibits aggression

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