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.

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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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