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warlike

[wawr-lahyk] /ˈwɔrˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
fit, qualified, or ready for war; martial:
a warlike fleet; warlike tribes.
2.
threatening or indicating war:
a warlike tone.
3.
of or pertaining to war:
a warlike expedition.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see war1, -like
Related forms
unwarlike, adjective
Synonyms
2. bellicose, belligerent, hostile; inimical, unfriendly.
Antonyms
2. peaceful.
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  • Chimps are aggressive and warlike, and males dominate.
  • There are examples of both warlike and peaceful societies in history.
  • It's far more warlike with city fortifications and siege engines spread throughout the city.
  • To make these manoeuvres more warlike, and to toughen the recruits, the navy fires live shells and drops bombs there.
  • Now tell me this, which side appears overly aggressive, warlike and seemingly oblivious to what a world war would do to the world.
  • It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world.
  • Biologists are forming a better view of humankind than the traditional opinions of it as warlike and selfish.
  • Their party was rigged out in warlike fashion, filling six big canoes.
  • Confronting nondemocracies, established democracies are about as warlike as normal dictatorships.
  • Rocky transitions to democracy often give rise to warlike nationalism and violent ethnic conflicts.
British Dictionary definitions for warlike

warlike

/ˈwɔːˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or used in war
2.
hostile or belligerent
3.
fit or ready for war
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Word Origin and History for warlike
adj.

early 15c., from war (n.) + -like.

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