Demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight: a mood of bellicose jingoism
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- Yet it is also a fact that the Administration has quietly backed down from a number of its most bellicose threats.
- The fans also have their say and again the attitudes are conversational rather than bellicose and confrontational.
- At the end of the 19th century, people were full of hope and expectations of a more peaceful, more contented, less bellicose world.
belligerent, aggressive, hostile, threatening, antagonistic, pugnacious, truculent, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, disputatious, contentious, militant, combative;
quick-tempered, hot-tempered, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, irascible, captious
informal spoiling for a fight
British informal stroppy, bolshie
North American informal scrappy
late Middle English: from Latin bellicosus, from bellicus 'warlike', from bellum 'war'.
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- So far, all the running for a ‘regime change’, as it is delicately known, has come from the president and his main security advisers, but for all their bellicosity they cannot declare war unilaterally.
- It seems like we're all taken with wealth and bellicosity on some fundamental level.
- And we in turn have resorted to bellicosity at a level that may or may not be justified.