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belligerency

[buh-lij-er-uh n-see] /bəˈlɪdʒ ər ən si/
noun
1.
the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war.
Origin of belligerency
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; belliger(ent) + -ency
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  • But the first glance about the room restored the father's belligerency.

    Mlle. Fouchette Charles Theodore Murray
  • She was adapting her tone and manner to the belligerency of his attitude.

    The Hillman E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He had not expected to find in the St. Denis quarter a stronghold of belligerency.

  • The Masterson affair had effectually put a quietus upon his belligerency.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • But I have hopes that the United States, sooner or later, will recognize our belligerency.

    Cuba Arthur D. Hall
  • The arrows of belligerency, however, are held in the left talon.

    American Military Insignia 1800-1851 J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.
  • I roared mightily at this, for her belligerency was irresistible.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • His former attitude of belligerency had entirely evaporated.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • They are never troubled by the consequences of belligerency.

    The Crime Against Europe Roger Casement
  • In respect of belligerency the earliest men were doubtless no better than brutes.

    The Destiny of Man John Fiske
British Dictionary definitions for belligerency

belligerency

/bɪˈlɪdʒərənsɪ/
noun
1.
the state of being at war
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