Belligerent definition

bə-lĭjər-ənt
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Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive.
adjective
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Showing a readiness to fight or quarrel.

A belligerent gesture or tone.

adjective
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At war; designating or of a state recognized under international law as being engaged in a war.
adjective
6
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One that is hostile or aggressive, especially one that is engaged in war.
noun
12
8
Of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare.
adjective
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4
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(By extension) Aggressively hostile, eager to fight.
adjective
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A belligerent person, group, or nation.
noun
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The definition of belligerent is warlike or aggressive.

An example of belligerent is a person who constantly starts fights with others.

adjective
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Of war; of fighting.
adjective
1
0
Engaged in warfare, warring.
adjective
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0
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Of or pertaining to war.
adjective
1
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Acting violently towards others.
adjective
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Seeking war; warlike.
adjective
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Belligerent is defined as a state, nation or military personnel at war or ready to fight.

An example of belligerent is Germany in World War II.

noun
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1
Eager to go to war, warlike.
adjective
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A state or other armed participant in warfare.

The U.N. sent a treaty proposal to the belligerents.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
belligerent
Plural:
belligerents

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”)).

    From Wiktionary