Aggress



to commit the first act of hostility or offense; attack first.
to begin to quarrel.
to behave toward; attack (often followed by upon):
wild animals aggressing their prey.
Contemporary Examples

They experience boredom, sickness, early deaths and they aggress, attacking and even killing human beings.
‘Blackfish’ Director: Killer Whales Don’t Belong in Captivity Gabriela Cowperthwaite October 23, 2013

Historical Examples

If the body do not aggress, the spirit will not seek revenge.
Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851 Various

verb
(intransitive) to attack first or begin a quarrel
v.

“attack,” 1714, back-formation from aggression, but used earlier with a sense of “approach” (1570s) and in this sense from French aggresser, from Late Latin aggressare, frequentative of Latin aggredi “to approach, attack.” Related: Aggressed; aggressing.

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