passive-aggressive

adjective
pas·​sive-ag·​gres·​sive | \ ˈpa-siv-ə-ˈgre-siv How to pronounce passive-aggressive (audio) \

Definition of passive-aggressive

: being, marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by the expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive passive way (as through procrastination and stubbornness) It is passive-aggressive behavior, the donning of a mask of amiability that conceals raw antagonism toward one's competitors, even one's friends.— Hilary De Vries A passive-aggressive manager eschews open hostilities, in part because he feels distinctly uncomfortable with them.— Walter Kiechel III

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passive-aggressive noun

First Known Use of passive-aggressive

1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Passive-aggressive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passive-aggressive. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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passive-aggressive

adjective

Medical Definition of passive-aggressive

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: being, marked by, or displaying behavior characterized by expression of negative feelings, resentment, and aggression in an unassertive way (as through procrastination, stubbornness, and unwillingness to communicate) a passive-aggressive personality

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passive-aggressively adverb

passive-aggressive

noun

Medical Definition of passive-aggressive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a passive-aggressive individual

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