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bellicose

[bel-i-kohs] /ˈbɛl ɪˌkoʊs/
adjective
1.
inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
Origin of bellicose
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin bellicōsus, equivalent to bellic(us) pertaining to war (bell(um) war + -icus -ic) + -ōsus -ose1
Related forms
bellicosely, adverb
bellicosity
[bel-i-kos-i-tee] /ˌbɛl ɪˈkɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
bellicoseness, noun
unbellicose, adjective
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bellicose

/ˈbɛlɪˌkəʊs; -ˌkəʊz/
adjective
1.
warlike; aggressive; ready to fight
Derived Forms
bellicosely, adverb
bellicosity (ˌbɛlɪˈkɒsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin bellicōsus, from bellum war
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Word Origin and History for bellicose
adj.

early 15c., from Latin bellicosus "warlike, valorous, given to fighting," from bellicus "of war," from bellum "war," Old Latin duellum, dvellum, of uncertain origin.

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