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aggression

[ uh-gresh-uhn ]
/ əˈgrɛʃ ən /
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noun
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.
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Origin of aggression

1605–15; <Latin aggressiōn- (stem of aggressiō), equivalent to aggress(us) (see aggress) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM aggression

an·ti·ag·gres·sion, adjectivecoun·ter·ag·gres·sion, nounpre·ag·gres·sion, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH aggression

aggression , egression
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British Dictionary definitions for aggression

aggression
/ (əˈɡrɛʃən) /

noun
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

Derived forms of aggression

aggressor (əˈɡrɛsə), noun

Word Origin for aggression

C17: from Latin aggression-, from aggrēdi to attack
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Scientific definitions for aggression

aggression
[ ə-grĕshən ]

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.
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