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[buh-lij-er-uh n-see] /bəˈlɪdʒ ər ən si/
the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war.
Origin of belligerency
1860-65; belliger(ent) + -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "It won't set any better after old Brindle fills up on this dust," observed Martin, belligerency in his brassy voice.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • She was adapting her tone and manner to the belligerency of his attitude.

    The Hillman E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The note of apology is injected at the wrong time; the tone of belligerency is used when it serves no purpose.

    The Armed Forces Officer U. S. Department of Defense
  • He had not expected to find in the St. Denis quarter a stronghold of belligerency.

  • In spite of her high state of belligerency, Beatrice is evidently very proud of her interesting family.

  • The Masterson affair had effectually put a quietus upon his belligerency.

    Mortmain Arthur Cheny Train
  • Certainly at Washington Lyons did not regard very seriously Seward's renewal of demand on belligerency.

  • The arrows of belligerency, however, are held in the left talon.

    American Military Insignia 1800-1851 J. Duncan Campbell and Edgar M. Howell.
  • (d) Recognition of belligerency is naturally an act of the executive authority.

    International Law George Grafton Wilson and George Fox Tucker
  • His former attitude of belligerency had entirely evaporated.

    Partners of Chance Henry Herbert Knibbs
British Dictionary definitions for belligerency


the state of being at war
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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