[ buh-lij-er-uhnt ]
/ bəˈlɪdʒ ər ənt /
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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.
OTHER WORDS FOR belligerent
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Origin of belligerent
OTHER WORDS FROM belligerentbel·lig·er·ent·ly, adverbin·ter·bel·lig·er·ent, adjectiveun·bel·lig·er·ent, adjectiveun·bel·lig·er·ent·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH belligerentbelligerence, belligerents
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How to use belligerent in a sentence
Lehmberg acted belligerently enough to be strapped into a restraining chair once she arrived to jail—and officials filmed her.What the Hell Just Happened in Texas, and Why Was Rick Perry Just Indicted?|Olivia Nuzzi|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The old man started and stood upright, squaring his thin shoulders belligerently.The Outdoor Girls in the Saddle|Laura Lee Hope
"Just because it's not on the teledepth, you say it's a lie," the farmer said belligerently.The Stutterer|R.R. Merliss
"I reckon Newty's got a license ter dwell in this-hyar house," she belligerently asserted.The Code of the Mountains|Charles Neville Buck
Eventually the girl drew rein, squarely and belligerently confronting the troublesome though inoffensive looking pair.A Pagan of the Hills|Charles Neville Buck
Bunny looked down the field; down to where Buck was striding forward belligerently.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
British Dictionary definitions for belligerent
/ (bɪˈlɪdʒərənt) /
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
Word Origin for belligerent
C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage
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