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[bel-i-kohs] /ˈbɛl ɪˌkoʊs/
inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
late Middle English
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
[bel-i-kos-i-tee] /ˌbɛl ɪˈkɒs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
bellicoseness, noun
unbellicose, adjective Unabridged
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Examples for bellicosity
  • Swing voters mostly feel that eight years of bellicosity is plenty.
  • Unlike earlier bellicosity, today's rhetoric lacks calibration.
  • Our permanent enemy is the noted bellicosity of human nature.
  • There were varying degrees of supportive bellicosity on the right.
  • Everyone seems to have forgotten his earlier bellicosity.
  • His bellicosity tempted us to ask him if he would endorse one.
  • Unnecessary bellicosity and jingoism is detrimental to peace and prosperity, and incites unnecessary confrontation.
British Dictionary definitions for bellicosity


/ˈbɛlɪˌkəʊs; -ˌkəʊz/
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 bellicosity
early 15c., from L. bellicosus "warlike," from bellicus "of war," from bellum "war," O.L. duellum, dvellum, of uncertain origin. Bellona was the name of the Roman goddess of war. Related: Bellicosity.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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