belligerency

[ buh-lij-er-uh n-see ]
/ bəˈlɪdʒ ər ən si /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. bellicose,
  2. bellicosity,
  3. bellied,
  4. belligerati,
  5. belligerence,
  6. belligerent,
  7. belling,
  8. bellingham,
  9. bellingshausen,
  10. bellingshausen sea

Origin of belligerency

First recorded in 1860–65; belliger(ent) + -ency

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British Dictionary definitions for belligerency

belligerency

/ (bɪˈlɪdʒərənsɪ) /

noun

the state of being at war
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