- the action of a state in violating by force the rights of another state, particularly its territorial rights; an unprovoked offensive, attack, invasion, or the like: The army is prepared to stop any foreign aggression.
- any offensive action, attack, or procedure; an inroad or encroachment: an aggression upon one's rights.
- the practice of making assaults or attacks; offensive action in general.
- Psychiatry. overt or suppressed hostility, either innate or resulting from continued frustration and directed outward or against oneself.
Origin of aggression
Antonyms for aggression
Related Words for aggressionraid, onslaught, encroachment, offensive, assault, invasion, hostility, blitz, onset, blitzkrieg, push, offense, injury, pugnacity, antagonism, belligerence, fight, aggressiveness, destructiveness, assailment
Examples from the Web for aggression
Contemporary Examples of aggression
His hands outstretched, shoulders in submission, there was no shouting, no expletives, no aggression at all.What Would Happen if I Got in White Cop’s Face?
December 30, 2014
We ought to seek Chinese cooperation in a response to this North Korean act of aggression.Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 20, 2014
So this is how the world is changing: China is financing Russian aggression.China Is Financing Putin’s Aggression
Gordon G. Chang
November 13, 2014
If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation.Martin Luther King’s Nobel Speech Is an Often Ignored Masterpiece
October 16, 2014
KIEV, Ukraine — The symbol of the Ukrainian revolution, the Maidan Square, is seething with bitterness and aggression these days.Kiev Set to Clean the Last “Occupy” Protestors Out of Maidan Square
August 8, 2014
Historical Examples of aggression
This act of aggression produced a storm of public indignation.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
This, I repeat, is no argument for the perpetuation of the old ways of aggression.Mountain Meditations
There was no aggression in the tone, and yet Chip felt a curious chill.The Letter of the Contract
This land hunger becomes the excuse of nations for their sins of aggression.The Psychology of Nations
They were not prepared to pledge their neutrality in case of aggression by Germany.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
- an attack or harmful action, esp an unprovoked attack by one country against another
- any offensive activity, practice, etcan aggression against personal liberty
- psychol a hostile or destructive mental attitude or behaviour
Word Origin for aggression
1610s, "unprovoked attack," from French aggression (16c.), from Latin aggressionem (nominative aggressio) "a going to, an attack," noun of action from past participle stem of aggredi "to approach; attack," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + gradi (past participle gressus) "to step," from gradus "a step" (see grade). Psychological sense of "hostile or destructive behavior" first recorded 1912 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud.
- Hostile or destructive behavior or actions.
- Behavior that is meant to intimidate or injure an animal of the same species or of a competing species but is not predatory. Aggression may be displayed during mating rituals or to defend territory, as by the erection of fins by fish and feathers by birds.