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aggressor (noun) a person or a country attacking another person or another country; an attacker.
When a person, out of anger or hatred, attacks another person, the attacking person is the aggressor. A country is an aggressor if it starts war with another country and tries to occupy its territory. A person behaving in a violent manner towards others is also an aggressor.
- In spite of their best intentions, the US and the UK cannot avoid being called the aggressors in the case of their attack on Iraq.
- Before settling the quarrel between Philip and John, their teacher Mrs. Jones tried to find out who the aggressor was.