bellicose

[ bel-i-kohs ]
/ ˈbɛl ɪˌkoʊs /

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. bellflower,
  2. bellflower family,
  3. bellfounder,
  4. bellhanger,
  5. bellhop,
  6. bellied,
  7. belligerati,
  8. belligerence,
  9. belligerency,
  10. belligerent

Origin of bellicose

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

Related formsbel·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 bellicosity

bellicose

/ (ˈbɛlɪˌkəʊs, -ˌkəʊz) /

adjective

warlike; aggressive; ready to fight
Derived Formsbellicosely, adverbbellicosity (ˌbɛlɪˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for bellicose

C15: from Latin bellicōsus, from bellum war

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