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Unjustified planned, threatened, or carried out use of force by one nation against another.

The key word in the definition of aggression is "unjustified"—that is, in violation of International Law, treaties, or agreements. It was the basic charge leveled against Nazi Germany at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946.


noun aggressiveness, antagonism, assault, attack, bellicosity, belligerence, belligerency, besiegement, combativeness, contentiousness, drive, enterprise, fight, foray, hostility, hustle, illapse, infringement, initiative, injury, inroad, intrusion, irruption, jingoism, martiality, militancy, offense, onset, onslaught, outbreak, provocation, pugnacity, push, pushiness, raid, sally, sortie, storming, transgression, unprovoked attack, warlikeness
See also: assault, belligerency, foray, incursion, infringement, intrusion, invasion, offense, onset, outbreak, provocation
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The weekly torture sessions were only held in the depths of winter and usually consisted of our sadistic PE teacher standing at one corner of the permafrosted sports field in 20 layers of thermal winter survival gear, armed with a Thermos, a folding stool and a stopwatch, bellowing aggresive "encouragement" at us while we limped and hobbled around the perimeter dressed in the flimsiest, scratchiest school kit ever.
They were a good, aggresive side and it didn't worry us that they were so physical early on.
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Haryana's Director General of Police Ranjiv Singh Dalal blamed the media for being overtly aggresive in their questioning of the law enforcement authorities, adding that the media acts on cases without properly ascertaining facts.
An eye-catching illustration included in the report, which was published Monday, explains why: Despite of being ostensibly committed to solving Europe's financial, banking and sovereing debt crises, and agreeing on certain boilerplate actions like "better allocation of public spending" and "market liberalization," the Continent's top policy makers disagree on the more aggresive policies most experts believe are needed.
His may be lukewarm to say the least, but I don't think it should be nasty or aggresive.
Especially that of Willie Walsh (BA's chief executive) and his aggresive hard line policies.
He didn't show much on his seasonal debut at Newbury 50 days ago, when he was given an aggresive ride, but fitness could have been an issue and, first time up in a handicap, I'm prepared to give him one more chance to prove he's capable of winning races at this sort of level.
Micko must take great credit for the upturn in fortunes - he went back to basics and turned his side into a stronger, bigger and more aggresive outfit.