passive aggression

passive-aggressive

[pas-iv-uh-gres-iv]
adjective
denoting or pertaining to a personality type or behavior marked by the expression of negative emotions in passive, indirect ways, as through manipulation or noncooperation: a passive-aggressive employee who often misses deadlines.

Origin:
1945–50

passive-aggression, noun
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passive-aggressive
 
adj
psychoanal of or relating to a personality that harbours aggressive emotions while behaving in a calm or detached manner

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