Although it pains me to say it, I’m somewhat of an expert on passive-aggressive behavior.
The good people at Wikipedia describe passive-aggressive behavior as follows:
The indirect expression of hostility, such as through procrastination, stubbornness, sullen behavior, or deliberate or repeated failure to accomplish requested tasks for which one is (often explicitly) responsible.
That’s a good definition, but Urban Dictionary gets more to the point:
The act of doing something specifically to piss someone off, but with the cover of “I didn’t realize it would bother you.“
It’s simply “sugar-coated hostility”
Yes, passive-aggressive behavior is simply “sugar-coated hostility,” as one expert