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belligerent

[buh-lij-er-uhnt]
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adjective
  1. warlike; given to waging war.
  2. of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose: a belligerent tone.
  3. waging war; engaged in war: a peace treaty between belligerent powers.
  4. pertaining to war or to those engaged in war: belligerent rights.
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noun
  1. a state or nation at war.
  2. a member of the military forces of such a state.
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Origin of belligerent

1570–80; < Latin belliger waging war (belli-, combining form of bellum war + ger-, base of gerere to conduct) + -ent; replacing belligerant < Latin belligerant- (stem of belligerāns, present participle of belligerāre to wage war; see -ant)
Related formsbel·lig·er·ent·ly, adverbin·ter·bel·lig·er·ent, adjectiveun·bel·lig·er·ent, adjectiveun·bel·lig·er·ent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedbelligerence belligerents

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Related Words for belligerents

fighter, protester, demonstrator, combatant, activist, rioter, party, part, faction, team, enemy, soldier, assailant, adversary, antagonist, serviceman, warrior, champion, mercenary, militant

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British Dictionary definitions for belligerents

belligerent

adjective
  1. marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressivea belligerent tone
  2. relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
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noun
  1. a person or country engaged in fighting or war
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Word Origin for belligerent

C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage
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Word Origin and History for belligerents

belligerent

adj.

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.

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