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passive-aggressive

[pas-iv-uh-gres-iv] /ˈpæs ɪv əˈgrɛs ɪv/
adjective
1.
denoting or pertaining to a personality type or behavior marked by the expression of negative emotions in passive, indirect ways, as through manipulation or noncooperation:
a passive-aggressive employee who often misses deadlines.
Origin of passive-aggressive
1945-1950
1945-50
Related forms
passive-aggression, noun
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passive-aggressive

adjective
1.
(psychoanal) of or relating to a personality that harbours aggressive emotions while behaving in a calm or detached manner
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