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  1. 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
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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Related Words for bellicosity

pugnacity, antagonism, truculence, belligerence, belligerency, aggression, truculency, aggressiveness, animosity, hostility, argumentativeness, pugnaciousness

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Historical Examples of bellicosity

  • It is an irony of history that Serb bellicosity and nationalistic dreams gave rise to the modern Albanian state.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • "Honey swat key Molly pants," returned Mr. Pottle with a touch of bellicosity.

British Dictionary definitions for bellicosity


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

Word Origin for bellicose

C15: from Latin bellicōsus, from bellum war
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Word Origin and History for bellicosity


1857, from bellicose + -ity.

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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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