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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 ?
It won't set any better after old Brindle fills up on this dust," observed Martin, belligerency in his brassy voice.
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.
Nawaz will brief the US president about the Indian belligerency and its obnoxious approach for talks with Pakistan.
DOHA - With various parts of the Greater Middle East (GNE) constantly making headlines for terrorism and various other types of belligerency, there is a security threat far more wide-spread, touching the majority in this vast region: cyber-crime.
Obama declined to join in any anti-Iranian belligerency.
Apologists and those who would rather take a bad deal than to face the truth about Iran's belligerency offer us many reasons to concede further, asking Congress to withhold action on additional sanctions.
The third and fourth sections cover US belligerency and the Paris Peace Conference.
While halting al acts of belligerency is deemed essential it would be vital to identify the perpetrators, he went on.
But the Qur'an is clear that defensive belligerency can only take place when there is religious oppression or people have been evicted from their homes.
rebellion, insurgency, and, ultimately, belligerency.
Beijing, May 14 ( ANI ): Describing Washington's latest remarks on the South China Sea as "inspiring belligerency," Beijing has reportedly urged US to stop fueling maritime provocation.