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bellicose

Syllabification: bel·li·cose
Pronunciation: /ˈbeləˌkōs
 
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Definition of bellicose in English:

adjective

Demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight: a group of bellicose patriots
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin bellicosus, from bellicus 'warlike', from bellum 'war'.

Derivatives

bellicosity

1
Pronunciation: /ˌbeləˈkäsitē/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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