- 1Hostile and aggressive: the mood at the meeting was belligerentMore example sentences
hostile, aggressive, threatening, antagonistic, pugnacious, bellicose, truculent, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, disputatious, contentious, militant, combative; quick-tempered, hot-tempered, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, irascible, captious• informal spoiling for a fightBritish • informal stroppy, bolshieNorth American • informal scrappyNorth American • vulgar slang pissy• rare oppugnant
- And I think we do need to hear what they are saying because they act as a restraint to an aggressive or belligerent response’.
- He's a good footballer but he's not very aggressive, not very belligerent and I'd like to think that with 20-odd caps he'd be a bit more aggressive than he is.
- In arguments they are emotionally very aggressive - belligerent, contemptuous, insulting.
- 1.1Engaged in a war or conflict, as recognized by international law: a conference of socialists from all belligerent countriesMore example sentences
- It is based upon the customary international laws of belligerent occupation, including the Hague Regulations.
- It is widely recognized that access by belligerent groups to the gains from drug production and trafficking contributes to the intensity and prolongation of military conflict.
- Take also the case of lawful belligerent reprisals (for example, the use of prohibited weapons).
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- A nation or person engaged in war or conflict, as recognized by international law: ships and goods captured at sea by a belligerentMore example sentences
- Moreover, as against states not parties to an international armed conflict, belligerents enjoy no special privileges and remain bound by general rules of international law.
- In rejecting this challenge, the Court drew the distinction between the common law notion of lawful and unlawful belligerents.
- The customary laws of war, when adapted for conflict with unlawful belligerents, must always incorporate rules of humanitarian restraint.
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- ‘Don't even think about asking,’ he cautioned belligerently.
- But she later changed tack, reverting to a belligerently confrontational stance.
- ‘I never started explaining,’ Penelope pointed out belligerently.
late 16th century: from Latin belligerant- 'waging war', from the verb belligerare, from bellum 'war'.