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bellicose

[bel-i-kohs] /ˈbɛl ɪˌkoʊs/
adjective
1.
inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
Origin of bellicose
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin bellicōsus, equivalent to bellic(us) pertaining to war (bell(um) war + -icus -ic) + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
bellicosely, adverb
bellicosity
[bel-i-kos-i-tee] /ˌbɛl ɪˈkɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
bellicoseness, noun
unbellicose, adjective
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  • It is an irony of history that Serb bellicosity and nationalistic dreams gave rise to the modern Albanian state.

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  • "Honey swat key Molly pants," returned Mr. Pottle with a touch of bellicosity.

British Dictionary definitions for bellicosity

bellicose

/ˈbɛlɪˌkəʊs; -ˌkəʊz/
adjective
1.
warlike; aggressive; ready to fight
Derived Forms
bellicosely, adverb
bellicosity (ˌbɛlɪˈkɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin bellicōsus, from bellum war
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Word Origin and History for bellicosity
n.

1857, from bellicose + -ity.

bellicose

adj.

early 15c., from Latin bellicosus "warlike, valorous, given to fighting," from bellicus "of war," from bellum "war," Old Latin duellum, dvellum, of uncertain origin.

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