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bel·lig·er·ent

 (bə-lĭj′ər-ənt)
adj.
1. Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive.
2. Of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare.
n.
One that is hostile or aggressive, especially one that is engaged in war.

[Latin belligerāns, belligerant-, present participle of belligerāre, to wage war, from belliger, warlike : bellum, war + gerere, to make.]

bel·lig′er·ent·ly adv.
Synonyms: belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious, combative
These adjectives mean having or showing an eagerness to fight. Belligerent refers to a tendency to hostile behavior: A belligerent reporter badgered the politician.
Bellicose describes a warlike or hostile manner or temperament: "Madison, far from being pushed into war by a bellicose Congress, had to drag his own hesitant party into it" (Garry Wills).
Pugnacious suggests a natural disposition to fight: A good litigator needs a pugnacious intellect.
Combative implies an eagerness to fight or resist: The senator made a combative defense of his record during the debate.

belligerent

(bɪˈlɪdʒərənt)
adj
1. marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressive: a belligerent tone.
2. (Military) relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
n
a person or country engaged in fighting or war
[C16: from Latin belliger, from bellum war + gerere to wage]

bel•lig•er•ent

(bəˈlɪdʒ ər ənt)

adj.
1. waging war; engaged in warfare.
2. showing readiness to fight; aggressively hostile; truculent: a belligerent tone.
n.
3. a state or nation at war.
4. a person engaged in fighting.
[1570–80; < Latin belliger waging war]
bel•lig′er•ent•ly, adv.
bellicose, belligerent - Bellicose orients "prone to fighting" toward an individual, while belligerent refers to an organized body, a national or political entity—a person is bellicose, a nation is belligerent.
See also related terms for prone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.belligerent - someone who fights (or is fighting)belligerent - someone who fights (or is fighting)
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
defender, withstander - a fighter who holds out against attack
boxer, pugilist - someone who fights with his fists for sport
brawler - a fighter (especially one who participates in brawls)
butter - a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head
fencer, swordsman - someone skilled at fencing
gladiator - (ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat
gouger - an attacker who gouges out the antagonist's eye
hell-kite, hell-rooster, gamecock - someone who is a very fierce fighter
mauler - a fighter who batters the opponent; "Jack Dempsey was called a mauler"
skirmisher - someone who skirmishes (e.g., as a member of a scouting party)
tough, street fighter - someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing
victor, master, superior - a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
grappler, matman, wrestler - combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground
Adj.1.belligerent - characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fightbelligerent - characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight; "aggressive acts against another country"; "a belligerent tone"
hostile - characterized by enmity or ill will; "a hostile nation"; "a hostile remark"; "hostile actions"
2.belligerent - engaged in warbelligerent - engaged in war; "belligerent (or warring) nations"
unpeaceful - not peaceful; "unpeaceful times"; "an unpeaceful marriage"

belligerent

adjective
1. aggressive, hostile, contentious, combative, unfriendly, antagonistic, pugnacious, argumentative, bellicose, quarrelsome, litigious He was almost back to his belligerent mood of twelve months ago.
aggressive friendly, benign, harmonious, conciliatory, amicable, nonviolent, without hostility
noun
1. fighter, battler, militant, contender, contestant, combatant, antagonist, warring nation, disputant The belligerents were due to settle their differences.

belligerent

adjective
1. Having or showing an eagerness to fight:
2. Inclined to act in a hostile way:
3. Of or engaged in warfare:
Idiom: at war.
noun
One who engages in a combat or struggle:
Translations
مُحارِبٌ، مُتَحارِبٌ، مُشْتَرِك في حَربمعادِ، في حالَةِ حَرْب
hašteřivýútočnýválčící
krigeriskkrigsførende
ellenségeskedõhadviselõ
ófriîsamur, deilugjarnstríîs-
kariaujantis
agresīvskareivīgskarojošs
harbedenkavgacısavaşan

belligerent

[bɪˈlɪdʒərənt]
A. ADJbeligerante
B. Nparte f beligerante

belligerent

[bɪˈlɪdʒərənt] adj
[person] → agressif/ive
[nation] → belligérant(e)

belligerent

adj
nationkriegslustig, kampflustig, kriegerisch; person, attitudestreitlustig, kampflustig; moodstreitlustig, kämpferisch; speechaggressiv
(= waging war)Krieg führend, streitend; belligerent powerStreitmacht f
n (= nation)Krieg führendes Land; (= person)Streitende(r) mf

belligerent

[bɪˈlɪdʒərnt] adj (at war) → belligerante (fig) → bellicoso/a

belligerent

(biˈlidʒərənt) adjective
1. unfriendly; hostile. a belligerent stare; She is very belligerent and quarrelsome.
2. waging war. belligerent nations.
belˈligerence noun
belˈligerently adverb

belligerent

a. beligerante.
References in classic literature ?
At last, after several hours, when sundry summer-houses had been pulled down, and some area-railings had been torn up, to arm the more belligerent spirits, a rumour got about that the Guards were coming.
They were at a loss to know whether he had been scalped in battle, or enjoyed a natural immunity from that belligerent infliction.
She maintained this belligerent attitude for several days, during which time a series of informal negotiations were pending, and wide alarm spread over the island.
This they announced as the chief of the belligerent village, but as a great pacificator.
Look here, Skinny Philander," he said, in belligerent tones, "if you are lookin' for a scrap, peel off your coat and come on down on the ground, and I'll punch your head just as I did sixty years ago in the alley back of Porky Evans' barn.
In times of war such panthans as happened to be within the domain of a belligerent nation were compelled to don the insignia of that nation and fight with her warriors.
When I had come nearer I saw the cause of his belligerent attitude.
Being uncomfortably full he was inclined to be sleepy and far from belligerent.
She had signaled us to stop, and our skipper had ignored the order; but now she had her gun trained on us, and the second shot grazed the cabin, warning the belligerent tug-captain that it was time to obey.
The big Tahitian smiled and nodded, his black eyes, soft and deer- like, seeming to give the lie to so belligerent a nature.
No whimper, nor sound, nor sign of fear, came from Jerry--only choking growls of ferociousness, intermingled with snarls of anger, and a belligerent up-clawing of hind-legs.
In truth, it was raining cats and dogs, such belligerent shower all unprovoked by him who had picked no quarrels nor even been aware of his enemies until they assailed him.