Definition of aggression in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Feelings 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’
    • ‘But quite often those who cause trouble switch from a good mood to violence and aggression in an instant.’
    • ‘To reduce levels of aggression and violence in children's lives and build peaceful societies.’
    • ‘Its rhetoric is one of violent aggression against anyone seen as its enemies.’
    • ‘It pained me to make my lines in the shadow of anger and aggression I often felt in our household.’
    • ‘But violent aggression isn't the only emotion Kimbo acts out in the drama.’
    • ‘This engenders despair that can develop into anger and aggression and eventually explode into violence.’
    • ‘Direct aggression can shade into behaviour which may be characterised as violent or aggressive incidents.’
    • ‘It had to demonstrate that it operated to the very highest standards in its training of management of aggression and violence.’
    • ‘Community workers, nurses, medical and paramedical staff are also in danger of aggression and violence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He or she may have problems controlling anger and aggression.’
    • ‘Georges Corm has shown how aggression and violence are founded on the prism of the communities.’
    • ‘We all have feelings of anger and aggression, and so does your child.’
    • ‘Assault varies from verbal to full-blown aggression and violence.’
    • ‘Residents worry about overt drug dealing bringing a culture of violence, aggression and intimidation.’
    • ‘Because they are always accompanied by a public display of aggression and anger, which I find upsetting.’
    • ‘You think it's only East of here that blanket propaganda is creating aggression and violence?’
    • ‘Furthermore there is the issue of his aggression and hostile behaviour.’
    • ‘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!’
    hostility, aggressiveness, belligerence, bellicosity, antagonism, truculence
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    1. 1.1 The action of attacking without provocation:
      ‘he called for an end to foreign aggression against his country’
      [count noun] ‘the president has been emboldened by the success of his latest aggressions’
      • ‘There have been… in all other nations, eulogists of aggression, war, and conquest.’
      • ‘The goal, clearly, was to lay a trap for a war of aggression and conquest, not to negotiate for peace and security through disarmament.’
      • ‘It was a conspiracy to ensure a war of aggression and conquest would be fought.’
      • ‘A foreign occupation is an instance of the aggression of a state against civilians of another country.’
      • ‘Intervention in domestic politics often cements dictators in place by uniting the people against what they see as foreign aggression.’
      • ‘The most obvious example of this is protection against foreign aggression and domination.’
      • ‘Politicians and military planners argued aerial offense was the most effective against foreign aggression or invasion.’
      • ‘The country demands that people should work hard to make it prosperous and defend it at the time of aggression from the foreign forces.’
      • ‘Acts of aggression, massacres and corruption legitimise foreign intervention.’
      • ‘The only significant expense involved is that of the military, to protect against foreign aggression.’
      • ‘They are a legitimate use of force insofar as they are used in defense and retaliation against foreign aggression.’
      • ‘They were examples of absolute aggression, unequalled in surprise or impact since the Second World War.’
      • ‘The wall was built by the Qin dynasty to deter foreign aggression from the north.’
      • ‘Are wars of aggression, wars for the conquest of colonies, then, just big business?’
      • ‘The only tense moments were provoked by police over-reaction and aggression.’
      • ‘To countenance such open advocacy and practice of aggression is to encourage the agents of anarchy.’
      • ‘The only way to prevent aggression is to counter it before it acts.’
      • ‘However, the raid was widely regarded as the first act of aggression in the war of independence in that part of the country.’
      • ‘The logic of imperialist conquest means that the next war of aggression is already well beyond the planning stage.’
      • ‘The Norman dynasty is famous for its martial accomplishment, its aggression and, of course, its conquests.’
    2. 1.2 Forcefulness:
      ‘the sheer volume and aggression of his playing’
      • ‘We played at a higher tempo than of late and we showed the aggression and the determination we have been lacking in recent games.’
      • ‘They played with confidence, aggression, threw the ball about well and looked like a team who believed in themselves.’
      • ‘Pavee readjusted their defense play and switched the aggression towards a determined goal hunt.’
      • ‘It is also a matter of mind: and Thorpe holds in perfect balance his aggression and his grace.’
      • ‘Playing with enthusiasm and aggression, they were consistently first to the ball.’
      • ‘The fight raged on with Barry maintaining the upper hand with long left hooks and sheer aggression.’
      • ‘Instead they countered the Indian bowlers mixing caution with aggression.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The home pack was soon in trouble, feeling the full weight of Otley's controlled aggression from the first scrum.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had prepared very well all week showing aggression and determination yet on the day capitulated so easily in the second half.’
      • ‘He's very skilful, he has the build, the aggression and determination.’
      • ‘They worked very hard and played with great skill, aggression and confidence.’
      • ‘In Australia he had been overwhelmed by the moment and by the sheer aggression of Agassi's shot making.’
      • ‘Butcher was prepared to take chances as he took on the bowlers but played with sense, aggression and confidence.’
      • ‘Gattuso's energy and aggression has been a feature for Milan and for Italy for the last couple of seasons.’
      • ‘Giancarlo will provide us with a very competitive blend of aggression, consistency and hard work.’
      • ‘What Pons lacked in brilliance, he made up for in aggression and energy.’
      • ‘While aggression is a common virtue among champion pace predators, Walsh was adept at putting a lid on his temper.’
      confidence, self-confidence, boldness, audacity, self-assertion, assertion, assertiveness, self-assertiveness, determination, forcefulness, vigour, energy, dynamism, zeal
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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.