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warlike

[wawr-lahyk] /ˈwɔrˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
fit, qualified, or ready for war; martial:
a warlike fleet; warlike tribes.
2.
threatening or indicating war:
a warlike tone.
3.
of or relating to war:
a warlike expedition.
Origin of warlike
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see war1, -like
Related forms
unwarlike, adjective
Synonyms
2. bellicose, belligerent, hostile; inimical, unfriendly.
Antonyms
2. peaceful.
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  • The first warlike attempt of the believers was, nevertheless, unsuccessful.

  • They might not have been so warlike if the American Revolution had not started.

    Daniel Boone Katharine E. Wilkie
  • He said I was a warlike Gildippe still, and that he would stand by me.

    Stray Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
  • They were consonant with early Roman mores which were warlike.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The Kayans are the most numerous, the most powerful, and the most warlike people in Borneo.

  • This warlike message is a specimen of Indian picture-writing.

  • The warlike zeal of the English barons was stimulated by liberal grants of the forfeited estates of Bruce and his partisans.

  • Full of warlike stocks, India has never been able to repel invaders.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for warlike

warlike

/ˈwɔːˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or used in war
2.
hostile or belligerent
3.
fit or ready for war
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Word Origin and History for warlike
adj.

early 15c., from war (n.) + -like.

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