- 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 aggressionsraid, onslaught, encroachment, offensive, assault, invasion, hostility, blitz, onset, blitzkrieg, push, offense, injury, pugnacity, antagonism, belligerence, fight, aggressiveness, destructiveness, assailment
Examples from the Web for aggressions
Contemporary Examples of aggressions
But past aggressions against Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Georgia were plainly Illegal as well.Obama’s All Eisenhower On Russia
March 10, 2014
Historical Examples of aggressions
He maintained order, and put a term to the aggressions of the Indians.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
Their aggressions on the coast settlers have been frequent for centuries past.The Philippine Islands
But they were not far distant, and soon were presented by the British aggressions.John Quincy Adams
John. T. Morse
Hannibal, it is true, had commenced his aggressions at Saguntum, in Spain.Hannibal
Their vengeance had been excited by aggressions made on them by the whites.A Voyage round the World
- 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.