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Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Definitions for bellicose

  1. Inclined to or favoring war or strife; warlike; pugnacious.

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Citations for bellicose
And John Adams insisted that where European diplomacy was secret, bellicose, and riddled with intrigue, American policy would be open, peaceful, and honest. Walter McDougall, Promised Land, Crusader State
Cambodia struggled through five years of bloody civil conflict with the destructive intervention of bellicose foreign powers, four years of a genocidal revolutionary regime, then liberation through invasion and a decade of military occupation by Vietnam. Henry Kamm, Cambodia: Report From a Stricken Land
Origin of bellicose
late Middle English
1400-1450
Bellicose is from Latin bellicosus, from bellicus, "of war," from bellum, "war."
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