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belligerency

[buh-lij-er-uh n-see]
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noun
  1. the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war.
  2. belligerence.
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Origin of belligerency

First recorded in 1860–65; belliger(ent) + -ency
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Examples from the Web for belligerency

Historical Examples

  • But the first glance about the room restored the father's belligerency.

    Mlle. Fouchette

    Charles Theodore Murray

  • She was adapting her tone and manner to the belligerency of his attitude.

    The Hillman

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • He had not expected to find in the St. Denis quarter a stronghold of belligerency.

  • The Masterson affair had effectually put a quietus upon his belligerency.

    Mortmain

    Arthur Cheny Train

  • But I have hopes that the United States, sooner or later, will recognize our belligerency.

    Cuba

    Arthur D. Hall


British Dictionary definitions for belligerency

belligerency

noun
  1. the state of being at war
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