• WordNet 3.6
    • v aggress take the initiative and go on the offensive "The Serbs attacked the village at night","The visiting team started to attack"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aggress Aggression. "Their military aggresses on others."
    • Aggress take the initiative and go on the offensive, as in a game.
    • v. i Aggress To commit the first act of hostility or offense; to begin a quarrel or controversy; to make an attack; -- with on.
    • v. t Aggress To set upon; to attack.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aggress To make an attack; commit the first act of hostility or offense; begin a quarrel or controversy; hence, to act on the offensive.
    • aggress To encroach; intrude; be or become intrusive.
    • aggress To attack.
    • n aggress Aggression; attack.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Aggress ag-gres′ to make a first attack: to begin a quarrel: to intrude
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  • Ted Solotaroff
    Ted Solotaroff
    “Aggression, the writer's main source of energy.”
  • Sigmund Freud
    “The tendency of aggression is an innate, independent, instinctual disposition in man... it constitutes the most powerful obstacle to culture.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.”
  • John Foster Dulles
    John Foster Dulles
    “Our capacity to retaliate must be, and is, massive in order to deter all forms of aggression.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.”
  • Bette Davis
    “My passions were all gathered together like fingers that made a fist. Drive is considered aggression today; I knew it then as purpose.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. aggressus, p. p. of aggredi, to go to, approach; ad, + gradi, to step, go, gradus, step: cf. OF. aggresser,. See Grade
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aggredi, -gressusad, to, gradi, to step.


In literature:

By agreement among nations, effort has been made to discountenance aggressive warfare.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
While remaining subject to orders, the stimulus is lacking for that aggressive energy, indispensable to bring to the front.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
It is not the aggressively just fulfilment of obligation which one finds in New England.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
He was a padre too; but his uniform was not aggressively new.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
Wars begin, as a rule, by an act of aggression.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
This, I repeat, is no argument for the perpetuation of the old ways of aggression.
"Mountain Meditations" by L. Lind-af-Hageby
They are aggressively German in sentiment, language, character and Kultur.
"England and Germany" by Emile Joseph Dillon
Few gifts had Mackenzie for the aggressive old chief.
"Pioneers of the Pacific Coast" by Agnes C. Laut
He was obviously direct from some eastern city, though not aggressively so.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
The company's business was being cut down by the operations of its aggressive rival.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood

In poetry:

Nothing, in brief, but maudlin confession,
Irresponse to human aggression,
Amid the precipitation, down-float
Of insubstantial manna,
Lifting the faint susurrus
Of his subjective hosannah.
"'The Age Demanded'" by Ezra Pound
His Indicative some new aggression foreshews—
His Potential means plunder to friends and to foes—
His Subjunctive denotes turning Saints into Cash—
His Optative aims at these Islands a dash:
"The New French Grammar Analysed" by Thomas Stott
Long years we have suffered opprobrium and wrong,
But we clung to your side with affection so strong,
That at last, in mere wanton aggression, you broke
All the ties of our hearts with one murderous stroke.
"Farewell To Brother Jonathan" by Anonymous Americas
But even morons think a while
When trembling on the brink a while
Of chaos, and they've lately come to see,
Subtracting his aggressiveness
And picturesque expressiveness.
There's noting much remaining of John T.
"'John T'" by C J Dennis
October blasts had strown the wreaths that erstwhile hung so gay,
Above the brows of Queenston Heights where we impatient lay;
Niagara fretted at our feet, as chafing at his post,
And impotence to turn the fleets that bore the aggressive host.
"Laura Secord: The Heroine of The War Of 1812 - Act III" by Sarah Anne Curzon

In news:

Robin Roberts' Condition Shouldn't Frighten Women From Aggressive Breast Cancer Treatment.
Robin Roberts' condition shouldn't frighten women from aggressive breast cancer treatment, says physician.
And how about an aggressively buttery-smelling Mashed Potato Soda.
The Terminator 2 star was detained on suspicion of felony domestic violence after he allegedly became aggressive with his girlfriend during an argument at Los Angeles International Airport.
Should Aurora aggressively court major developments, or have city officials devoted too much energy to hitting elusive jackpots at the expense of smaller retailers and other businesses.
The beginning of aggressively marketed nachos.
These tumors can be quite aggressive, with a tendency toward recurrence and regional and distant metastasis.
And AIDS find themselves targets of aggressive advertising by drug makers (front page, Feb 17).
I've always assumed aggressiveness in business without any needed service, product, or talent to back it up was a bad strategy.
It's eager, but not aggressive.
Goshawks are tenacious, aggressive hawks that prefer mature forest.
Here's your aggressively NSFW slideshow of the Grand River Rally.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Grist is an irreverent online environmental magazine that aggressively courts young readers, ad dollars, and philanthropic backers.
It's safe to say Illinois coach John Groce is aggressively pursuing point guards.
In a few days, Cloud Nothings will be awarded temporary relief from an extensive tour schedule before taking their aggressive brand of indie rock overseas in May.

In science:

Only in this way can there be a serious discussion about whether the estimates of theory uncertainties are conservative or aggressive.
Summary and Outlook for 9th International Symposium on Heavy Flavor Physics
Aggressive rapidity coverage of the forward hadronic calorimeter is important for jet tagging which plays a crucial role in all weak boson fusion processes (Higgs boson production, weak boson scattering).
Physics at Future Hadron Colliders
The picture presented in Figure 7.12, that the comb modes exist at well defined frequencies, is actually only true when the parameters fr and fceo are aggressively stabilized.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
This may not encompass the bulk of the molecular gas phase, especially in metal-poor and/or FUV-aggressive ISM environments (Maloney and Black 1988; Pak et al. 1998; Bolatto et al. 1999).
Molecular gas, CO, and star formation in galaxies: emergent empirical relations, feedback, and the evolution of very gas-rich systems
The sensory contact model for the study of aggressive and submissive behaviors in male mice.
Anxiety as a Factor in the Development of Autistic Spectrum Symptoms: an Experimental Study