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[buh-lij-er-uh n-see] /bəˈlɪdʒ ər ən si/
the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war.
Origin of belligerency
First recorded in 1860-65; belliger(ent) + -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


the state of being at war
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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