- warlike; given to waging war.
- of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose: a belligerent tone.
- waging war; engaged in war: a peace treaty between belligerent powers.
- pertaining to war or to those engaged in war: belligerent rights.
- a state or nation at war.
- a member of the military forces of such a state.
Origin of belligerent
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- marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressivea belligerent tone
- relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
- a person or country engaged in fighting or war
C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage
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Word Origin and History for belligerent
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