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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 previewCommercial Space Exploration (2015)

Ethics, Policy and Governance by Dr Jai Galliott

if it is shown that aggression is a natural biological drive, then a...

Google previewOn the Way to Myself (2015)

Communications to a Friend by Charlotte Wolff

Thus aggression is the natural consequence of the need for territory...

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 previewJust and Unjust Wars (2007)

A Moral Argument with Historical Illustrations by Michael Walzer

Aggression is the name we give to the crime of war. We know the crime because of our...

Every violation of the territorial integrity or political sovereignty of an independent state is called aggression. It is as if we were to brand as murder all ...

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 previewThe Coast Telecourse Study Guide Developing Person Through the Life Span (2007)

by Kathleen Stassen Berger, Richard O. Straub

Instrumental aggression is an action whose purpose is to obtain or retain an object desired by another. (p. 261; objective 5) 10. Reactive aggression...

Reactive aggression is a reaction to another child's behavior. 1 1 . An unprovoked attack on ...

Google previewCriminal Behavior (2008)

Theories, Typologies and Criminal Justice by Jacqueline B. Helfgott

Aggression is a component of normal behavior that has similar neural bases in animals and humans (Weinshenker & Siegel, 2002). Violence is an expression of a need mediated by environmental, social, and cultural forces that may or may ...

Google previewStudy Guide for The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence 6e (2002)

by Richard O. Straub, Kathleen Stassen Berger

Aggression is a form of antisocial behavior characterized by hostile attitudes and hurtful actions stemming from anger or frustration, (p. 303) 14. Instrumental aggression is an action whose purpose is to obtain or retain an object desired by ...

Google previewPsychiatry, 2 Volume Set (2015)

by Allan Tasman, Jerald Kay, Jeffrey A. Lieberman, Michael B. First, Michelle Riba

Whether a particular behavior is called aggression (except for clear physical aggression) depends on the caregiver's perception.

Aggression is a behavioral symptom and not a single diagnostic entity or disorder, nor does it have a singular ...

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 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 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 Human Relationships (2009)

by Harry T. Reis, Susan Sprecher

aggression. This proposal is based on two related arguments. First, gender socialization research suggests that females are more...

In addition, because relational aggression is more consistent with the female gender role than other forms of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience, Three-Volume Set, 1- 3 (2010)

Offensive and Defensive Aggression D C Blanchard, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA, John A Burns School of...

Glossary Abnormal aggressionAggression that is different from offense in that it is nonresponsive to important ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

Reactive or impulsive aggression is a response to an aversive stimulus, such as an insult, mistreatment, or what is...

Instrumental or controlled aggression is more purposeful and goaloriented; it is aggressive behavior that is needed to ...

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 Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

Definition According to catharsis theory, acting aggressively or even viewing aggression is an effective way to reduce angry feelings and aggressive impulses. The word catharsis comes from the Greek word katharsis, which, literally translated, ...

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 ...

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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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