passive-aggressive

[ pas-iv-uh-gres-iv ]
/ ˈpæs ɪv əˈgrɛs ɪv /
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adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. passive smoking,
  2. passive transfer,
  3. passive tremor,
  4. passive vocabulary,
  5. passive voice,
  6. passive-aggressive personality,
  7. passive-dependent personality,
  8. passive-matrix,
  9. passively,
  10. passiveness

Origin of passive-aggressive

First recorded in 1945–50

Related formspas·sive-ag·gres·sion, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for passive-aggressive

passive-aggressive

adjective

psychoanal of or relating to a personality that harbours aggressive emotions while behaving in a calm or detached manner
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