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belligerent

[buh-lij-er-uh nt] /bəˈlɪdʒ ər ənt/
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.
noun
5.
a state or nation at war.
6.
a member of the military forces of such a state.
Origin
1570-1580
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 forms
belligerently, adverb
interbelligerent, adjective
unbelligerent, adjective
unbelligerently, adverb
Can be confused
belligerence, belligerents.
Synonyms
2. pugnacious, truculent, combative, quarrelsome, antagonistic, contentious.
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  • The owners of such dogs rarely apologize and sometimes behave as belligerently as their animals.
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  • Yet sometimes they battled one another, as when dancers almost belligerently pushed other dancers backward.
  • One of the victims said the gunman had been asked to leave because he had been behaving belligerently toward other patrons.
  • Imagine millions of conscious little blood cells trying belligerently to understand the body they float through.
  • He is accused of responding belligerently when the flight crew confronted him about smoking.
  • It may be frightening if a student belligerently attacks others in an intoxicated state.
  • When officers contacted her she behaved belligerently toward them and refused to identify herself.
  • Appellant belligerently repeated his demand for the return of his money.
British Dictionary definitions for belligerently

belligerent

/bɪˈlɪdʒərənt/
adjective
1.
marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressive: a belligerent tone
2.
relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
noun
3.
a person or country engaged in fighting or war
Word Origin
C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage
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Word Origin and History for belligerently

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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