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bellicose

[ bel-i-kohs ]
/ ˈbɛl ɪˌkoʊs /
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adjective

inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.

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Origin of bellicose

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin bellicōsus, equivalent to bellic(us) pertaining to war (bell(um) war + -icus-ic) + -ōsus-ose1

OTHER WORDS FROM bellicose

bel·li·cose·ly, adverbbel·li·cos·i·ty [bel-i-kos-i-tee], /ˌbɛl ɪˈkɒs ɪ ti/, bel·li·cose·ness, nounun·bel·li·cose, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bellicose

bellicose
/ (ˈbɛlɪˌkəʊs, -ˌkəʊz) /

adjective

warlike; aggressive; ready to fight

Derived forms of bellicose

bellicosely, adverbbellicosity (ˌbɛlɪˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for bellicose

C15: from Latin bellicōsus, from bellum war
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