- The definition of bellicose is someone or something aggressive and eager or willing to fight.
An example of bellicose are angry rebels who storm a protest march.
Origin: Middle English ; from Classical Latin bellicosus ; from bellicus, of war ; from bellum, war ; from Old Latin duellum: for Indo-European base see duel
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Origin: Middle English, from Latin bellicōsus, from bellicus, of war, from bellum, war.
- belˈli·coseˌly adverb
- belˌli·cosˈi·ty , belˈli·coseˌness noun