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belligerency

[buh-lij-er-uh n-see] /bəˈlɪdʒ ər ən si/
noun
1.
the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war.
Origin of belligerency
1860-1865
1860-65; belliger(ent) + -ency
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Examples from the web for belligerency
  • Whether it works or not, it shows how much the nature of modern belligerency is changing.
  • There is still that immense desire to please, but it now seems rooted in belligerency, rather than vulnerability.
  • Do not complain, avoid belligerency, and comply with all orders and instructions.
  • We are prepared to take substantial territorial steps in return for an end to acts of belligerency.
  • Nor can this lack of respect be described as belligerency.
British Dictionary definitions for belligerency

belligerency

/bɪˈlɪdʒərənsɪ/
noun
1.
the state of being at war
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