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Origin of belligerent
Examples from the Web for belligerents
History suggests wars inevitably grow, and sometimes much larger than any of the belligerents intended.A Veteran Sees Echoes of Iraq and Argues Against Intervention in Syria|Brian Van Reet|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Our commerce has unquestionably been subject to great embarrassment, vexation, and plunder, from the belligerents of Europe.
The two groups of belligerents stood intellectually on different planes.England and Germany|Emile Joseph Dillon
Pending these appeals there was a long cessation between the Irish belligerents.The Land-War In Ireland (1870)|James Godkin
If Raphael Semmes be a "pirate," then was the northern recognition of belligerents but an active lie!Four Years in Rebel Capitals|T. C. DeLeon
Our relations with the belligerents have materially and essentially changed.
Word Origin for belligerent
1570s, from Latin belligerantem (nominative belligerans), past participle of belligerare "to wage war," from bellum "war" (see bellicose) + gerere "to bear, to carry" (see gest). The noun meaning "party or nation at war" is from 1811. Related: Belligerently.