aggressive


aggressive
I
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Energetic and forceful]
Syn. assertive, forward, pushing, enterprising, forceful, domineering, self-assertive, outspoken, bold, energetic, vigorous, dynamic, driving, determined, competitive, activist, proactive, pushy*, hard-hitting*, hustling*, take-charge*, go-ahead*, go-getter*, Type A*.
Ant. submissive, retiring, passive.
2. [Combative]
Syn. belligerent, combative, pugnacious, militant, martial, encroaching, warlike, attacking, bellicose, threatening, advancing, offensive, antagonistic, disruptive, truculent, hostile, intrusive, destructive, warmongering, hawkish, onrushing, contentious, quarrelsome, intruding, battering, rapacious, invading, on the offensive, guilty of aggression, up in arms*, on the warpath*, feisty*, scrappy*, trigger-happy*.
Ant. peaceful*, peace-loving, dovish.
Syn.- aggressive implies a bold and energetic pursuit of one's ends, connoting, in derogatory usage, a ruthless deSire to dominate and, in a favorable sense, enterprise or initiative; militant implies a vigorous, unrelenting espousal of a cause, movement, etc. and rarely suggests the furthering of one's own ends; assertive emphasizes self-confidence and a persistent determination to express oneself or one's opinions; pushing is applied derogatorily to a forwardness of personality that manifests itself in officiousness or rudeness
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. hostile belligerent, combative, offensive, violent, pugnacious, nasty, quarrelsome, militant.
2. bold or competitive enterprising, *go-getting, *high octane, ambitious, assertive, persistent, pushy, vigorous, obnoxious, domineering, forceful, *ballsy.
ANT.: 1. passive, peaceful, mild. 2. passive, lazy, ineffectual, laid-back, timid
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Inclined to act in a hostile way: belligerent, combative, contentious, hostile, militant. See ATTACK, ATTITUDE. 2. Marked by boldness and assertiveness: assertive. See ATTITUDE, TRY.

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