- inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
Origin of bellicose
Related Words for bellicoseantagonistic, combative, threatening, aggressive, argumentative, hostile, pugnacious, quarrelsome, warlike, warring
Examples from the Web for bellicose
Contemporary Examples of bellicose
In the last decades of his life he became reclusive and bellicose.Why Can’t Movies Capture Genius?
December 14, 2014
This explains why the Tea Party faithful often appear to be so bellicose.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One
July 13, 2014
In 2009 he published a book defaming Hitchens and Richard Dawkins because he was irked by their bellicose brand of atheism.Do We Need to Be Told How to Read?
June 6, 2013
China is clearly frustrated with its destitute, bellicose neighbor.Hey, Obama: Keep Out of North Korea
April 8, 2013
She contrasted its timidity with a bellicose anti-Hagel salvo from the Christian-right group Concerned Women for America.The GOP’s Steep Descent Into Extreme Politics and Doctrine
February 28, 2013
Historical Examples of bellicose
I am the least bellicose of men, I believe I can say I may afford to be so.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
The disappointment was felt keenly even by the bellicose cook.Up the Forked River
Edward Sylvester Ellis
Pountner and Holdenough were to some extent ashamed of their bellicose Dean.Is He Popenjoy?
Yet how if those young men are not bellicose like their wise seniors?Waiting for Daylight
Henry Major Tomlinson
The family Spratt-head was rather a fat-head,And a bellicose body to boot.The Book of Humorous Verse
- warlike; aggressive; ready to fight
Word Origin for bellicose
early 15c., from Latin bellicosus "warlike, valorous, given to fighting," from bellicus "of war," from bellum "war," Old Latin duellum, dvellum, of uncertain origin.