Definition of aggression noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈɡreʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈɡreʃn//
    [uncountable] Anger
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  1. 1feelings of anger and hatred that may result in threatening or violent behaviour The research shows that computer games may cause aggression. Nowadays our aggression is channelled into sports. See related entries: Anger
  2. 2a violent attack or threats by one person against another person or by one country against another country unprovoked military aggression Wordfinderaggression, arms, army, attack, casualty, conflict, defend, hostile, territory, war
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent. (in the sense ‘an attack’): from Latin aggressio(n-), from aggredi ‘to attack’, from ad- ‘towards’ + gradi ‘proceed, walk’.Extra examples Acts of aggression against local shop owners should be reported to the police. Aggression by one nationality against another often leads to war. Do toy guns encourage aggression? He managed to channel his aggression into sport. It showed no aggression towards other dogs. The president announced that the country would not tolerate foreign aggression. a display of naked aggression the brutality and aggression displayed by the soldiers ways of releasing pent-up aggression Each country agreed to halt all acts of aggression against the other’s territory. They condemned what they saw as unprovoked military aggression against the country.
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