Adjective "aggression" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Feelings of anger or antipathy resulting in hostile or violent behaviour; readiness to attack or confront.
  1. 'territorial aggression between individuals of the same species'
  2. 'But quite often those who cause trouble switch from a good mood to violence and aggression in an instant.'
  3. 'In contrast, we experience anger and aggression when the disappointment is perceived as being caused by an external source.'
  4. 'Residents worry about overt drug dealing bringing a culture of violence, aggression and intimidation.'
  5. 'Community workers, nurses, medical and paramedical staff are also in danger of aggression and violence.'
  6. 'This engenders despair that can develop into anger and aggression and eventually explode into violence.'
  7. 'Because they are always accompanied by a public display of aggression and anger, which I find upsetting.'
  8. 'It pained me to make my lines in the shadow of anger and aggression I often felt in our household.'
  9. 'We all have feelings of anger and aggression, and so does your child.'
  10. 'Its rhetoric is one of violent aggression against anyone seen as its enemies.'
  11. 'If we want to discourage violence and aggression in our country, we need to look at its causes and I doubt that all this anger stemmed from a few lousy films!'
  12. count noun 'the president has been emboldened by the success of his latest aggressions'
  13. 'The Norman dynasty is famous for its martial accomplishment, its aggression and, of course, its conquests.'
  14. 'The only significant expense involved is that of the military, to protect against foreign aggression.'
  15. 'They are a legitimate use of force insofar as they are used in defense and retaliation against foreign aggression.'
  16. 'There have been… in all other nations, eulogists of aggression, war, and conquest.'
  17. 'The logic of imperialist conquest means that the next war of aggression is already well beyond the planning stage.'
  18. 'Acts of aggression, massacres and corruption legitimise foreign intervention.'
  19. 'The most obvious example of this is protection against foreign aggression and domination.'
  20. 'However, the raid was widely regarded as the first act of aggression in the war of independence in that part of the country.'
  21. 'They were examples of absolute aggression, unequalled in surprise or impact since the Second World War.'
  22. 'The only tense moments were provoked by police over-reaction and aggression.'
  23. 'Giancarlo will provide us with a very competitive blend of aggression, consistency and hard work.'
  24. 'In Australia he had been overwhelmed by the moment and by the sheer aggression of Agassi's shot making.'
  25. 'Playing with enthusiasm and aggression, they were consistently first to the ball.'
  26. 'They worked very hard and played with great skill, aggression and confidence.'
  27. 'This gem is uncut but he has the aggression, energy and, most of all, the pass to fill the gap Matt Dawson is currently plugging.'
  28. 'What Pons lacked in brilliance, he made up for in aggression and energy.'
  29. 'They played with confidence, aggression, threw the ball about well and looked like a team who believed in themselves.'
  30. 'It is also a matter of mind: and Thorpe holds in perfect balance his aggression and his grace.'
  31. 'The home pack was soon in trouble, feeling the full weight of Otley's controlled aggression from the first scrum.'
  32. 'The fight raged on with Barry maintaining the upper hand with long left hooks and sheer aggression.'

More definitions

1. the action of a state in violating by force the rights of another state, particularly its territorial rights; an unprovoked offensive, attack, invasion, or the like: The army is prepared to stop any foreign aggression.

2. any offensive action, attack, or procedure; an inroad or encroachment: an aggression upon one's rights.

3. the practice of making assaults or attacks; offensive action in general.

4. Psychiatry. overt or suppressed hostility, either innate or resulting from co

More examples(as adjective)

"pacts can be aggression."

"treaties can be aggression."

"agreements can be aggression."

"declarations can be aggression."

"accords can be aggression."

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Early 17th century (in the sense ‘an attack’): from Latin aggressio(n-), from aggredi ‘to attack’, from ad- ‘towards’ + gradi ‘proceed, walk’.