- inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
Origin of bellicose
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Examples from the Web for bellicosity
Thus, pundits are going to be far more likely to endorse the Romney bellicosity than Americans, I think.Obama-Romney III: All About Projection
October 22, 2012
Ergo, Netanyahu's bellicosity was posturing, intended to put pressure on Washington.When The Iran Obsession Meets The Free-Market Fetish
September 24, 2012
- warlike; aggressive; ready to fight
C15: from Latin bellicōsus, from bellum war
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Word Origin and History for bellicosity
early 15c., from Latin bellicosus "warlike, valorous, given to fighting," from bellicus "of war," from bellum "war," Old Latin duellum, dvellum, of uncertain origin.
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