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.
But past aggressions against Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Georgia were plainly Illegal as well.
Obama’s All Eisenhower On Russia Robert Shrum March 9, 2014
You tell me the Quakers are charged on your side of the water with being, by their aggressions, the cause of the war.
Benjamin Franklin Frank Luther Mott
Hannibal, it is true, had commenced his aggressions at Saguntum, in Spain.
Hannibal Jacob Abbott
Now it seems you have suddenly become afraid of her aggressions, and are alarmed lest she should swallow up all modern society.
The Catholic World, Vol. X, October 1869 Various
He maintained order, and put a term to the aggressions of the Indians.
The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle
Still the encroachments and aggressions of Massachusetts and Connecticut continued.
A short history of Rhode Island George Washington Greene
But they were not far distant, and soon were presented by the British aggressions.
John Quincy Adams John. T. Morse
Britain, twice humbled for her aggressions, has at length been taught to respect us.
The Bay State Monthly, Volume I. No. VI. June, 1884 Various
War can come only by the willful acts and aggressions of others.
World’s War Events, Vol. II Various
The Administration had found it necessary to order the troops on the frontier to be in readiness to repel future aggressions.
Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
an attack or harmful action, esp an unprovoked attack by one country against another
any offensive activity, practice, etc: an aggression against personal liberty
(psychol) a hostile or destructive mental attitude or behaviour
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.
aggression ag·gres·sion (ə-grěsh’ən)
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.
- Aggressive infantile fibromatosis
aggressive infantile fibromatosis aggressive infantile fibromatosis n. A childhood counterpart of abdominal or extra-abdominal desmoid tumors, characterized by firm subcutaneous nodules that grow rapidly in any part of the body but do not metastasize.
- Aggressive mimicry
aggressive mimicry aggressive mimicry (ə-grěs’ĭv) A form of mimicry in which a predator (the mimic) closely resembles another organism (the model) that is attractive to a third organism (the dupe) on which the mimic preys. The anglerfish is an example of aggressive mimicry, having a modified dorsal spine that mimics a worm or small shrimp […]
adjective of investments, attempting to achieve the highest capital gains legally possible Examples aggressive-growth portfolio
characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country. making an all-out effort to win or succeed; competitive: an aggressive basketball player. vigorously energetic, especially in the use of initiative and forcefulness: an aggressive salesperson. boldly assertive and forward; pushy: an aggressive […]