Definition of aggression in English:


Line breaks: ag¦gres|sion
Pronunciation: /əˈɡrɛʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
1Feelings of anger or antipathy resulting in hostile or violent behaviour; readiness to attack or confront: his chin was jutting with aggression territorial aggression between individuals of the same species
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  • Furthermore there is the issue of his aggression and hostile behaviour.
  • In contrast, we experience anger and aggression when the disappointment is perceived as being caused by an external source.
  • So many of us strive to raise our children with good moral values including an aversion to violence and aggression.
pugnacity, pugnaciousness, combativeness, militancy, warmongering, warlikeness, hawkishness, force, violence;
attack, assault, encroachment, offence, invasion, infringement
1.1The action of attacking without provocation: he called for an end to foreign aggression against his country
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  • Politicians and military planners argued aerial offense was the most effective against foreign aggression or invasion.
  • Intervention in domestic politics often cements dictators in place by uniting the people against what they see as foreign aggression.
  • The wall was built by the Qin dynasty to deter foreign aggression from the north.
1.2Forcefulness: the sheer volume and aggression of his playing
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  • In Australia he had been overwhelmed by the moment and by the sheer aggression of Agassi's shot making.
  • Yet none of that bothered Dixon as much as the inability of his men to contest possession with a proper measure of confidence and aggression.
  • They played with confidence, aggression, threw the ball about well and looked like a team who believed in themselves.
confidence, self-confidence, boldness, audacity, self-assertion, assertion, assertiveness, self-assertiveness, determination, forcefulness, vigour, energy, dynamism, zeal


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

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