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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aggression(noun)

    a disposition to behave aggressively

  2. aggression, aggressiveness(noun)

    a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack

  3. aggression, hostility(noun)

    violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked

  4. aggression(noun)

    the act of initiating hostilities

  5. aggression(noun)

    deliberately unfriendly behavior


  1. aggression(Noun)

    The act of initiating hostilities or invasion.

  2. aggression(Noun)

    The practice or habit of launching attacks.

  3. aggression(Noun)

    Hostile or destructive behavior or actions.

  4. Origin: From aggression, from aggressio, from aggressus, past participle of aggredior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aggression(noun)

    the first attack, or act of hostility; the first act of injury, or first act leading to a war or a controversy; unprovoked attack; assault; as, a war of aggression. "Aggressions of power."


  1. Aggression

    Aggression, in its broadest sense, is behavior, or a disposition, that is forceful, hostile or attacking. It may occur either in retaliation or without provocation. In narrower definitions that are used in social sciences and behavioral sciences, aggression is an intention to cause harm or an act intended to increase relative social dominance. Predatory or defensive behavior between members of different species may not be considered aggression in the same sense. Aggression can take a variety of forms and can be physical or be communicated verbally or non-verbally. Aggression differs from what is commonly called assertiveness, although the terms are often used interchangeably among laypeople, e.g. an aggressive salesperson.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aggression

    ag-gresh′un, n. first act of hostility or injury: a breach of the peace: an attack on public privileges. [L. aggredi, -gressusad, to, gradi, to step.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Aggression

    A form of behavior which leads to self-assertion; it may arise from innate drives and/or a response to frustration; may be manifested by destructive and attacking behavior, by covert attitudes of hostility and obstructionism, or by healthy self-expressive drive to mastery. (Dorland 27th ed)

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'aggression' in Nouns Frequency: #2594


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggression in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of aggression in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mark Preston:

    I want aggression, aggression.

  2. Phaedrus:

    Aggression unchallenged is aggression unleashed.

  3. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. the foundation of such a method is love.

  4. Lyndon B. Johnson:

    Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.

  5. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite:

    We are probably facing a hot war, russia is demonstrating open military aggression in Ukraine, open military aggression in Syria. There is nothing cold about this, it is very hot.

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