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passive-aggressive

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or characterized by habitual passive resistance to requirements for performance in occupational or social situations, as by procrastination, stubbornness, sullenness, or inefficiency.

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  • adjective psychology Showing passive, sometimes obstructionist resistance to following authoritative instructions in interpersonal or occupational situations.

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Examples

  • Drake and Shebib's artistic stance on Take Care effectively hamstrings the production simply so that Drake can voice his, yeah, passive-aggressive rhymes within an atmosphere that lulls us into listening, seduces us into staying with him.

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  • Drake and Shebib's artistic stance on Take Care effectively hamstrings the production simply so that Drake can voice his, yeah, passive-aggressive rhymes within an atmosphere that lulls us into listening, seduces us into staying with him.

    News

  • What is the younger generation to you but a chance to flex your ego and demonstrate what you can control through these passive-aggressive pronouncements of disappointment and threats of monetary burdens.

    A Blog Post About Circumcision That Resists the Temptation to Use the Word “Cut” in a Pun, and Ends Up Promoting a Washington DCJCC Program After-All « The Blog at 16th and Q

  • But the Pulitzer Board's passive-aggressive attitude towards online writing is the comedy gift that keeps on giving.

    Archive 2009-02-01

  • "To the U.S., the Chinese will be passive-aggressive," says Patrick Chovanec , a business professor at Beijing's Tsinghua University.

    China Is Expected to Resist Oil Shift

  • Now, that's some passive-aggressive trash talk: Not only does Thomas let in easy goals, he doesn't have the decency to slide a return compliment across the rink!

    Playoff Fireworks, Minus the Stargazing

  • But the Pulitzer Board's passive-aggressive attitude towards online writing is the comedy gift that keeps on giving.

    I catch the paper boy / But things don't really change

  • Both of us were locked in a passive-aggressive war of silent wills.

    Welcome to My World

  • "Oh no, another big decision, another headache, 50 calls to an insurance company, another go-round with the passive-aggressive phone answerer who, even though she's never met me, calls me Freddy as she puts me on hold."

    Word of the Decade: 'Unsustainable'

  • All these expressions contained a depth of passive-aggressive mastery that impressed me greatly, no matter how frustrating, and I started to think Umm Hassane could make millions teaching corporate communication seminars.

    Day of Honey

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