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belligerent

[buh-lij-er-uh nt] /bəˈlɪdʒ ər ənt/
adjective
1.
warlike; given to waging war.
2.
of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose:
a belligerent tone.
3.
waging war; engaged in war:
a peace treaty between belligerent powers.
4.
pertaining to war or to those engaged in war:
belligerent rights.
noun
5.
a state or nation at war.
6.
a member of the military forces of such a state.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Latin belliger waging war (belli-, combining form of bellum war + ger-, base of gerere to conduct) + -ent; replacing belligerant < Latin belligerant- (stem of belligerāns, present participle of belligerāre to wage war; see -ant)
Related forms
belligerently, adverb
interbelligerent, adjective
unbelligerent, adjective
unbelligerently, adverb
Can be confused
belligerence, belligerents.
Synonyms
2. pugnacious, truculent, combative, quarrelsome, antagonistic, contentious.
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  • Stalemated wars often conclude with belligerents retaining what they possessed at the moment an armistice is reached.
  • Warfare in which belligerents are mismatched in their military capabilities or their accustomed methods of engagement.
  • In other words, belligerents would have to pay for such materials in cash, and transport them in their own ships.
  • Our major belligerents are not necessarily the militaries of other nations.
  • All of the major military belligerents devoted extensive resources to compiling maps.
British Dictionary definitions for belligerents

belligerent

/bɪˈlɪdʒərənt/
adjective
1.
marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressive: a belligerent tone
2.
relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
noun
3.
a person or country engaged in fighting or war
Word Origin
C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage
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Word Origin and History for belligerents

belligerent

adj.

1570s, from Latin belligerantem (nominative belligerans), past participle of belligerare "to wage war," from bellum "war" (see bellicose) + gerere "to bear, to carry" (see gest). The noun meaning "party or nation at war" is from 1811. Related: Belligerently.

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