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[buh-lij-er-uh ns] /bəˈlɪdʒ ər əns/
a warlike or aggressively hostile nature, condition, or attitude.
an act of carrying on war; warfare.
Origin of belligerence
1805-15; belliger(ent) + -ence
Can be confused
belligerence, belligerents. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for belligerence
  • The definition of belligerence or hostility could vary the results of the study significantly.
  • No one is ascribing any specific belligerence to them.
  • His onstage belligerence and posturing have also occasioned strong critical reproof.
  • No sooner had flying been invented than it was turned to belligerence.
  • But along with his belligerence he displayed a comic zest in inventive, sometimes outrageous actions.
  • The strange combination of hippy permissiveness and teenage belligerence is the school's undoing.
  • belligerence in sports was hardly exclusive to one particular era, culture or race.
  • Not only does it appear far too often, but it lends an unnecessary tone of belligerence to commonplace disagreements.
  • The inclusiveness of the experience was remarkable, given the space race's origins in an atmosphere of fear and belligerence.
  • And now, faced with explanations, the belligerence starts.
British Dictionary definitions for belligerence


the act or quality of being belligerent or warlike; aggressiveness
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Word Origin and History for belligerence

1814; see belligerent + -ence. Related: belligerency.

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