[buh-lij-er-uh n-see]


the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war.

Origin of belligerency

First recorded in 1860–65; belliger(ent) + -ency Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for belligerency

Historical Examples of belligerency

  • 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.


    Arthur Cheny Train

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


    Arthur D. Hall

British Dictionary definitions for belligerency



the state of being at war
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