Definition: Aggression

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From Middle French aggression, from Latin aggressio, from aggressus, past participle of aggredior (to approach, address, attack).


aggression (countable and uncountable, plural aggressions)

  1. The act of initiating hostilities or invasion.
  2. The practice or habit of launching attacks.
  3. Hostile or destructive behavior or actions.

Derived terms

  • aggressionism
  • aggressionist
  • antiaggression
  • autoaggression
  • counteraggression
  • cyberaggression
  • hyperaggression
  • macroaggression
  • microaggression
  • nanoaggression
  • overaggression
  • passive-aggression
  • unaggression

Related terms

  • aggress
  • aggressive
  • aggressiveness
  • aggressor


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