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.

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)

belligerently, adverb
interbelligerent, adjective
unbelligerent, adjective
unbelligerently, adverb

belligerence, belligerents.

2. pugnacious, truculent, combative, quarrelsome, antagonistic, contentious. Unabridged
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belligerent (bɪˈlɪdʒərənt)
1.  marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressive: a belligerent tone
2.  relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
3.  a person or country engaged in fighting or war
[C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage]

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Word Origin & History

1570s, from L. belligerantem (nom. belligerans), pp. of belligerare "to wage war," from bellum "war" + gerere "to bear, to carry." The noun meaning "party or nation at war" is from 1811. Related: Belligerence; belligerency.
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Example sentences
The owners of such dogs rarely apologize and sometimes behave as belligerently as their animals.
They said that after he showed up at the station to register his car, he acted belligerently toward officers, and was arrested.
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.
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