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1. The state of being at war or being engaged in a warlike conflict.
2. Belligerence.
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(Military) the state of being at war
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(bəˈlɪdʒ ər ən si)

1. position or status as a belligerent; state of being engaged in war.
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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
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Numa, the lion, came steadily toward them; his attitude seemed more that of curiosity than of belligerency. Close to the side of the ship he stopped and stood gazing up at them.
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.
Release date- 06082019 - Potential belligerency lurking between countries has raised possibility of war and signified defense strategy.
It would take a hyperthyroid imagination to extract optimism from that belligerency! The people of Kashmir are rather perplexed that India has again reiterated its determination to implement the Simla Agreement rather than the UN resolutions.
(ii) 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.
After the war began, rival legal concepts of insurrection (a civil war within a nation) and belligerency (war between sovereign enemies) vied for adherents in federal and Confederate councils.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had also warned his US counterpart Donald Trump last July against the unbearable costs and dire consequences of blocking Iran's oil exports, saying belligerency against Iran would the "mother of wars".
SUKKUR -- Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday said Pakistan pursued a policy of long-lasting peace, stability and economic prosperity of the region while India was treading that of belligerency.
The international community is on its toes due to the precarious peace and stability situation in the subcontinent after the recent belligerency of India against Pakistan - and Pakistan's response.
A force initially entrusted with the pivotal function of policing the border between settled areas and tribal belt was engaged in routing the menace of terrorism, militancy and belligerency that rocked the very fabric of our society.
There is no caving in approach to American belligerency and surfacing of non-state actors in world politics, which is totally a new phenomenon.