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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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  • Marvel dropped the letter on the floor and turned to face her family with more than a suggestion of belligerence.

    The Preliminaries Cornelia A. P. Comer
  • "Don't be so sure of that," Al retorted, with a flash of belligerence.

  • Parker glanced at her with a broad hint of belligerence in his keen gray eyes.

    The Pride of Palomar Peter B. Kyne
  • belligerence, mere combativeness, is a masculine attribute; but courage is not.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The instant she noted the change from sarcasm to belligerence 262 in Leslie Cairns tones, she became ready to speak and act.

  • Ted lost his belligerence; the warden was his father's friend.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • When you feel in a fighting mood, I wish you would expend your belligerence upon me.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • There was a mixture of belligerence and distress in their actions.

    Deadly City Paul W. Fairman
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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