Origin of bellicoseMiddle English from Classical Latin bellicosus from bellicus, of war from bellum, war from Old Latin duellum: for Indo-European base see duel
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.
Warlike or hostile in manner or temperament. See Synonyms at belligerent.
Origin of bellicoseMiddle English from Latin bellicōsus from bellicus of war from bellum war
- bel′li·cos′i·ty bel′li·cose′ness
(comparative more bellicose, superlative most bellicose)
Middle English, from Latin bellicosus
- It was one of the most bellicose elements in American society.
- Did they choose bellicose rhetoric out of fear of choosing the wrong side?
- It was one of several bellicose statements by one of its coalition partners.
- He had a bellicose attitude toward trying to break the deadlock on the Western Front.
- The bellicose noises made for war now were silent then.