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1. The state of being at war or being engaged in a warlike conflict.
2. Belligerence.


(Military) the state of being at war


(bəˈlɪdʒ ər ən si)

1. position or status as a belligerent; state of being engaged in war.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belligerency - hostile or warlike attitude or naturebelligerency - hostile or warlike attitude or nature
ill will, enmity, hostility - the feeling of a hostile person; "he could no longer contain his hostility"
warpath - hostile or belligerent mood; "the chief is on the warpath today"
2.belligerency - fightingbelligerency - fighting; acts of overt warfare; "the outbreak of hostilities"
armed combat, combat - an engagement fought between two military forces


References in classic literature ?
Numa, the lion, came steadily toward them; his attitude seemed more that of curiosity than of belligerency.
He knew from the manner of Numa's approach what neither Bertha Kircher nor Smith-Oldwick knew--that there was more of curiosity than belligerency in it, and he wondered if in that great head there might not be a semblance of gratitude for the kindness that Tarzan had done him.
It won't set any better after old Brindle fills up on this dust," observed Martin, belligerency in his brassy voice.
And India is able to not attract any flak on her belligerency.
I am sure that there are many other ideas that can be implemented - actions that are short of belligerency.
Israel's requirements in any "process" have long been the safeguards guaranteed by UN Security Council Resolution 242: "Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force.
In its text, the state formally renounced the sovereign right of belligerency and aims at global peace based on justice and order.
They also used the talks to win international recognition and constantly angled to perhaps have a crack at the status of belligerency.
He has also exhibited belligerency by mocking calls for him to sign a waiver on his bank accounts.
When it comes to memories of victories, defeats and occupation, demonic images become part and parcel of the national psyche and are instrumental in keeping mistrust, fear and overall belligerency alive as well as lifting morale.
He carefully hid this militant belligerency from both the public and the press.
They had to be told that their belligerency towards Pakistan was getting out of hand and a suitable response had to be given.