bellicose combative pugnacious scrappy truculent
Aggressive Ag*gres"sive, a. [Cf. F. agressif.] 1. Tending or disposed to aggress; having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of one's own ends at the expense of others or mindless of others' needs or desires; characterized by aggression; making assaults; unjustly attacking; as, an aggressive policy, war, person, nation; an aggressive businessman; an aggressive basketball player; he was aggressive and imperious in his convictions; aggressive drivers. Opposite of {unaggressive}. [1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]

No aggressive movement was made. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. marked by self-confident ambition, competitiveness, energy and initiative; as, an aggressive young executive.

Syn: enterprising, pushful, pushing, pushy [WordNet 1.5]

3. 1 (Med., Biol.) tending to spread quickly an aggressive tumor [Narrower terms: {invasive (vs. noninvasive) ]

Syn: fast-growing(prenominal) [WordNet 1.5]

4. characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight aggressive acts against another country

Syn: belligerent [WordNet 1.5]

Note: Narrower related terms: {bellicose, combative, pugnacious, scrappy, truculent ; {hard-hitting, high-pressure ; {hostile} (used of attempts to buy or take control of a business: "hostile takeover"; "hostile tender offer"); {predatory, rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturous . See also: assertive, hostile, offensive. [WordNet 1.5] -- {Ag*gres"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Ag*gres"sive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • pugnacious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. combative, quarrelsome, militant, belligerent, contentious, bellicose. See contention, irascibility.Ant., pacific. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. belligerent, defiant, antagonistic, combative; see… …   English dictionary for students

  • bellicose — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. warlike, belligerent, hostile; see aggressive 2 , belligerent . See Synonym Study at belligerent . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [BEL i KOSE] belligerent, quarrelsome, warlike. He was eager to… …   English dictionary for students

  • combative — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. pugnacious, aggressive. See attack, contention. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. contentious, antagonistic, pugnacious, belligerent, aggressive, quarrelsome, militant, hawkish, hostile. ANT.:… …   English dictionary for students

  • scrappy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj., slang, pugnacious, contentious, argumentative. See contention. II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. game, aggressive, pugnacious, plucky, gritty, contentious. ANT.: *wimpy, meek III (Roget s Thesaurus… …   English dictionary for students

  • truculent — adj 1. fierce, cruel, ferocious, fell, ruthless; rancorous, stern, grim, dire; brutal, savage, feral, ferine; vicious, barbarous, inhuman, subhuman; murderous, slaughterous, bloodthirsty, sadistic, Hunnish, Tartarean, Vandalic, Gothic. 2. harsh,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • pugnacious — [adj] belligerent aggressive, antagonistic, argumentative, bellicose, brawling, cantankerous, chip on shoulder*, choleric, combative, contentious, defiant, disputatious, have a bone to pick*, hottempered, irascible, irritable, itching to fight*,… …   New thesaurus

  • truculent — [adj] belligerent, hateful abusive, aggressive, antagonistic, bad tempered, barbarous, bellicose, browbeating, brutal, bullying, caustic, combative, contentious, contumelious, cowing, cross, defiant, ferocious, fierce, frightening, harsh, hostile …   New thesaurus

  • combative — [adj] aggressive antagonistic, bellicose, belligerent, cantankerous, contentious, cussed, energetic, fire eating*, gladiatorial, hawkish, militant, ornery*, pugnacious, quarrelsome, ructious, scrappy, strenuous, triggerhappy*, truculent, warlike …   New thesaurus

  • truculent — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. fierce, savage, deadly, bestial; vitriolic, scathing, mean; overbearing, cruel, with a chip on one s shoulder (inf.). See malevolence. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Fierce] Syn. barbarous, brutal,… …   English dictionary for students

  • bellicose — Synonyms and related words: aggressive, antagonistic, assertive, battling, belligerent, bickering, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody minded, chauvinist, chauvinistic, combative, contentious, disputatious, divisive, enemy, eristic, factional, factious …   Moby Thesaurus

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