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passive-aggressive Line breaks: passive-aggres¦sive

Definition of passive-aggressive in English:


Of or denoting a type of behaviour or personality characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others and an avoidance of direct confrontation.
Example sentences
  • This was manifested by disparaging remarks, passive-aggressive behaviour, malicious gossip about me, passing off of ideas generated by me as his own and frequent use of abusive language to myself and others around him.
  • The steward's self-pity in his soliloquy suggests lack of control over his situation or a passive-aggressive personality.
  • That's what a passive-aggressive personality will get you.
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