aggression Definition

  • 1hostile or violent behavior or attitudes toward another; readiness to attack or confront
  • 2the practice of making unwarranted attacks or encroachments, especially on another's rights or territory

Using aggression: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "aggression" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The country was accused of aggression against its neighbor.

  • Example

    He showed aggression towards the other players on the field.

  • Example

    The company's aggressive marketing tactics were criticized by some consumers.

aggression Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with aggression

  • a type of behavior or communication that is indirectly hostile or negative


    She often uses passive aggression to express her frustration with her coworkers.

  • verbal aggression

    the use of language to hurt or harm others, often through insults or threats


    His verbal aggression towards his wife was a sign of deeper problems in their relationship.

  • the use of physical force to harm or injure others, often through hitting, pushing, or other violent acts


    The school has a zero-tolerance policy for physical aggression among students.

Origins of aggression

from Latin 'aggressio', meaning 'an attack'


Summary: aggression in Brief

'Aggression' [əˈɡrɛʃən] refers to hostile or violent behavior or attitudes towards others. It can also refer to the practice of making unwarranted attacks or encroachments on another's rights or territory. Examples include a country accused of aggression against its neighbor and a person showing aggression towards others. Phrases like 'passive aggression' and 'physical aggression' describe different types of aggressive behavior.

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