- 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 belligerents
History suggests wars inevitably grow, and sometimes much larger than any of the belligerents intended.A Veteran Sees Echoes of Iraq and Argues Against Intervention in Syria
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The belligerents in abortion wars disdain this search for compromise as mere equivocation, a flinching from deeper truths.How to End the Abortion Wars
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All the belligerents seem to be treading on the toes of Greece.
Has England considered Napper Tandy and his aids as belligerents?Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
Her cause must be dissociated from that of the belligerents.England and Germany
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So far, not a word had been exchanged between the belligerents.The Pioneers
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Its percentage in dead and wounded will never be obtained by any of the belligerents.The Case of Edith Cavell
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- 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 belligerents
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