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aggressor

[uh-gres-er] /əˈgrɛs ər/
noun
1.
a person, group, or nation that attacks first or initiates hostilities; an assailant or invader.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < Late Latin, Latin aggred- (stem of aggredī to attack; see aggress) + -tor -tor
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  • There is big a difference between being the sole aggressor and being the one party involved in certain conflicts.
  • And if school officials get a reaction from the aggressor, it isn't a desired one.
  • When the aggressor exceeds your personal limits, however, you need to take a stand.
  • Peace officers shall make reasonable efforts to identify the dominant aggressor in any incident.
Word Origin and History for aggressor
n.

1670s, from Latin aggressor, agent noun from aggredi (see aggression).

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