A belligerent gesture or tone.
An example of belligerent is a person who constantly starts fights with others.
An example of belligerent is Germany in World War II.
The U.N. sent a treaty proposal to the belligerents.
Other Word Forms
Origin of belligerent
- Latin belligerāns belligerant- present participle of belligerāre to wage war from belliger warlike bellum war gerere to make
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin belligerans (“waging war”), present active participle of belligerō (“I wage war”), from belliger (“waging war, warlike”), from bellum (“war”) + -ger (from gerō (“I lead, wage, carry on”)).