- warlike; given to waging war.
- of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose: a belligerent tone.
- waging war; engaged in war: a peace treaty between belligerent powers.
- pertaining to war or to those engaged in war: belligerent rights.
- a state or nation at war.
- a member of the military forces of such a state.
Origin of belligerent
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2. pugnacious, truculent, combative, quarrelsome, antagonistic, contentious.
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Examples from the Web for belligerently
"Well, I can get around faster than that," said Donald belligerently.Her Father's Daughter
For some tense seconds Huntington and Haig faced each other belligerently.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
From its folds emerged the red head of Jimmie, belligerently.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
"I don't want it if it's not going to mean anything after I get it," he said belligerently.Cubs of the Wolf
Raymond F. Jones
"Just because it's not on the teledepth, you say it's a lie," the farmer said belligerently.The Stutterer
- marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressivea belligerent tone
- relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
- a person or country engaged in fighting or war
C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage
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Word Origin and History for belligerently
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