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Definition of the noun aggression

What does aggression mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: aggressions

  1. a disposition to behave aggressively
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: unfriendliness = an unfriendly disposition
  2. a feeling of hostility that arouses thoughts of attack
  3. violent action that is hostile and usually unprovoked
  4. the act of initiating hostilities
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic terms: armed combat / combat = an engagement fought between two military forces
    • part of: war / warfare = the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
  5. deliberately unfriendly behavior

Alternative definition of the noun aggression


  1. The act of initiating hostilities or invasion.
  2. The practice or habit of launching attacks.
  3. Hostile or destructive behavior or actions.

Specialised definition of the noun aggression

Glossary of sports

literal meanings include to walk toward or approach, to move against or to move with intent to hurt or harm. (Mark H. Anshel. 1991. Dictionary of the Sport and Exercise Sciences. Human Kinetics Books Champaign, Illinois)

the state of feeling violently angry towards someone or something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


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Aggression: In the game of poker, opens and raises are considered aggressive plays, while calls and checks are considered passive. It is said that "aggression has its own value", meaning that often aggressive plays can make money with weak hands because of bluff value. In general, opponents must respond to aggressive play by playing more loosely, which offers more opportunities to make mistakes.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Aggression

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Google previewHandbook of Children and the Media (2012)

by Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer

Among researchers, the term aggression means something different. Aggression is...

First, aggression is an external behavior that you can see.

Note also that aggression is a social behavior because it always involves at least two people.

Google previewA Mind Of Her Own (2013)

The evolutionary psychology of women by Anne Campbell

Aggression is a form of intense contest competition. It is about gaining and defending a resource. Psychologists often distinguish between proactive and reactive aggression. Proactive aggression (sometimes known as instrumental ...

Google previewStatistics in Scientific Investigation (2013)

Its Basis, Application, and Interpretation by Glen McPherson

The three themes represented were: Theme A – aggression is a desirable characteristic. Theme B — aggression is an undesirable characteristic. Theme C — aggression is an undesirable but understandable characteristic. For every subject ...

Google previewSourcebook of Family Theory and Research (2004)

by Vern L. Bengtson, Alan C. Acock, Katherine R. Allen, Peggye Dilworth-Anderson, David M. Klein

Interpersonal aggression is a conflict strategy that family members enact when other tactics for ...

Google previewInteractive Group Therapy (2013)

Integrating, Interpersonal, Action-Orientated and Psychodynamic Approaches by Jay Earley

Aggression is a healthy capacity that plays an important role in the operation of autonomy and safety and in providing...

aggression refers to the positive capacity to contact others in a way that attempts to ...

Google previewViolence in Mental Health Settings (2006)

Causes, Consequences, Management by Dirk Richter, Richard Whittington

Aggression is a very early feature of ...

Google previewJustice, Intervention, and Force in International Relations (2009)

Reassessing Just War Theory in the 21st Century by Kimberly A. Hudson

Aggression is the name we give to the crime of war.

Aggression is a singular and undifferen- tiated crime because, in all its forms, it challenges rights that are worth dying for.4 The “rights worth dying for,” according to Walzer, are the rights ...

Google previewDictionary Of The Social Sciences (1996)

by Hugo F. Reading

aggression l. behaviour aimed at injury of a person or thing.(Dollard). 2. initiating an attack. (Scott, J.P.). 3. a state' s use of force which initiates an armed conflict. see also hostility. aggression, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (2009)

by John M Levine, Michael A. Hogg

Initial theories of scapegoating relied on Freudian psychodynamics and, later, the frustration–aggression hypothesis. Both view scapegoating as a spontaneous venting of frustrations displaced onto an innocent group, chosen merely because ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stress: A-D (2000)

aggression in general. Currently, the age-adjusted rate for homicide in the United States, based on vital statistics records, is 0.01%. Epidemiologic survey data ...

Google previewDictionary of Theories, Laws, and Concepts in Psychology (1998)

by Jon E. Roeckelein

AGGRESSION, THEORIES OF social-learning theorists may consider aggression to be a form of learned and reinforced behavior gained by imitating or observing some other individual who engages in aggressive acts (e.g., young boy ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (2017)

by Amy Wenzel

Because of differences in the form and function of aggressive behaviors, considering aggression collectively likely masks individual variability and subtypes of aggressive behavior that might have distinct correlates, courses, outcomes, and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of School Psychology (2012)

by T. Stuart Watson, Christopher H. Skinner

Relational Aggression it is effective for a wide variety of learning styles and that it is developmentally appropriate for very young readers. One disadvantage would be the need for a myriad of teaching tools needed for instruction. Detecting a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of International Sports Studies (2012)

by Roger Bartlett, Chris Gratton, Christer G. Rolf

Hunt Aggression Dawn E. Stephens Aggression ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cross-Cultural School Psychology (2010)

by Caroline S. Clauss-Ehlers

To understand aggression better, research has focused on various types of aggression and different motivations for aggressive acts. For example, the distinction betweenproactive(purposefulactionstogain adesirable goal) and reactive ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Anthropology (2005)

by H. James Birx

Aggression is simply defined as “Any form of behavior directed toward the goal of harming another living being who is motivated to avoid such treatment.” Aggression is most commonly studied in its application to humans and may include both ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Special Education (2004)

A Reference for the Education of the Handicapped and Other Exceptional Children and Adults by Cecil R. Reynolds, Elaine Fletcher-Janzen

Aggression is usually defined as any form of behavior designed to harm or injure some living being (Baron & Byrne, 1991), although some also include aggressive acts turned toward objects (intentional destruction of property) or toward the ...

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Aggression only moves in one direction - it creates more aggression. (Margaret J. Wheatley)
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Scrabble value of A1G2G2R1E1S1S1I1O1N1

The value of this 10-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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