[ buh-lij-er-uhns ]
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  1. a warlike or aggressively hostile nature, condition, or attitude.

  2. an act of carrying on war; warfare.

Origin of belligerence

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

Words that may be confused with belligerence

Words Nearby belligerence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use belligerence in a sentence

  • The instant she noted the change from sarcasm to belligerence 262 in Leslie Cairns tones, she became ready to speak and act.

  • Aunt Martha looked at him over the rims of her spectacles, wonderment in her gaze—perhaps a little belligerence.

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  • The callers had aroused belligerence in Jerry, Ronny and Muriel.

  • She was gazing at the intruder with belligerence, not hauteur.

British Dictionary definitions for belligerence


/ (bɪˈlɪdʒərəns) /

  1. the act or quality of being belligerent or warlike; aggressiveness

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