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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR AGGRESSION

This act of aggression produced a storm of public indignation.

This, I repeat, is no argument for the perpetuation of the old ways of aggression.

There was no aggression in the tone, and yet Chip felt a curious chill.

This land hunger becomes the excuse of nations for their sins of aggression.

They were not prepared to pledge their neutrality in case of aggression by Germany.

It is evident that the present intentions of France are those of aggression.

They have defended their country, but they have never dreamed of aggression.

But the revolution was not merely a protest against European aggression.

He had no means of defending himself against their aggression.

But not a blow was struck—they committed the aggression and departed.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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