belligerence

[ buh-lij-er-uh ns ]
/ bəˈlɪdʒ ər əns /

noun

a warlike or aggressively hostile nature, condition, or attitude.
an act of carrying on war; warfare.

Nearby words

  1. bellhanger,
  2. bellhop,
  3. bellicose,
  4. bellied,
  5. belligerati,
  6. belligerency,
  7. belligerent,
  8. belling,
  9. bellingham,
  10. bellingshausen

Origin of belligerence

First recorded in 1805–15; belliger(ent) + -ence

Can be confusedbelligerence belligerents

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British Dictionary definitions for belligerence

belligerence

/ (bɪˈlɪdʒərəns) /

noun

the act or quality of being belligerent or warlike; aggressiveness
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Word Origin and History for belligerence

belligerence

n.

1814; see belligerent + -ence. Related: belligerency.

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