belligerently


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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.

belligerently

(bɪˈlɪdʒərəntlɪ)
adv
aggressively
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.belligerently - with hostilitybelligerently - with hostility; in a belligerent hostile manner; "he pushed her against the wall belligerently"
Translations
بِصورَةٍ قِتاليَّةٍ أةو مُقاتِلَه
agresivně
krigerisk måde
hadban állva
ófriîsamlega
düşmancasavaşarak

belligerently

[bɪˈlɪdʒərəntlɪ] ADVagresivamente

belligerently

[bɪˈlɪdʒərəntli] adv [say, ask] → sur un ton agressif

belligerently

adv say, act, behavestreitlustig

belligerently

[bɪˈlɪdʒərntlɪ] advbellicosamente

belligerent

(biˈlidʒərənt) adjective
1. unfriendly; hostile. a belligerent stare; She is very belligerent and quarrelsome.
2. waging war. belligerent nations.
belˈligerence noun
belˈligerently adverb
References in classic literature ?
They swaggered unsteadily but belligerently toward the bar and looked at Pete with bleared and blinking eyes.
"So it was you, was it, you black beggar?" belligerently demanded one Kelly, an Irish-American and a longshoreman, making his first trip to sea, and boat-puller for Kerfoot.
The women at the boards near to her scrambled, first, to the hot iron to save the cloth, and then to her, while the forewoman hurried belligerently down the aisle.
"Who's going to say anything, anyhow?" asked Peter belligerently.
Dave Slotter leaned belligerently against the desk that barred the way to the private office of James Ward, senior partner of the firm of Ward, Knowles & Co.
But China continues to maintain its bully posture, belligerently refusing to submit to the arbitration case filed by the Philippines in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and constantly insisting on its "indisputable sovereignty" over nearly 90 percent of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea, never mind that such a sweeping claim is precisely the root of the dispute.
How bewilderingly desolate to see the Manchester United section remain belligerently seated.
An insider said: "Lindsay appeared to be belligerently drunk.
The writer's credentials look sound, and he justifies his choices well, often belligerently based on his personal memories and preferences.
Ecclestone's own plea to a man he has known for 40 years to step down later this year after organising a successor ultimately fell on deaf ears as Mosley belligerently stood firm.
Despite various calls for him to resign froma post he has held since 1993, Mosley has so far belligerently refused to do so.