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passive-aggressive


It took a while to realize he is passive-aggressive.
  displaying passive (sometimes subtle) resistance in interpersonal or occupational situations while avoiding direct confrontation
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  • It took a while to realize he is passive-aggressive.
  • Reyna’s destiny: to die defending a passive-aggressive goddess.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • Ben, predictably, began reacting in his own passive-aggressive way.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Savannah could tell I was angry, but every time she asked if something was bothering me, I was at my passive-aggressive best in denying that anything was wrong at all.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John

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  • Patient is functioning on a passive-aggressive personality, passive-dependent type.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • "I just think ." she began in her light, passive-aggressive way, then trailed off, waiting for someone to take the bait.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • ’We’re passive-aggressive people,’ she explained, taking a sip of her coffee.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • That was very passive-aggressive of me.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • "Isn’t that snap analysis a tad passive-aggressive?" my mother asked.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • "Aren’t rhetorical accusations of passive aggression inherently passive-aggressive?" my dad responded, and they went on like that for a while.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
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Associated words [difficulty]:   passive-aggressive [8] , paranoid [2] , paranoid [2] , psychopathic [4] , narcissism [6] , sociopathic [6] , schizoid [8] , antisocial personality disorder [9] , paranoid [2] , paranoid [2] , psychopathic [4] , post-traumatic stress (PTSD) [5] , hypochondria [6] , narcissism [6] , sociopathic [6] , schizoid [8] , ADHD [9] , antisocial personality disorder [9] , free-floating anxiety [9]
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