warlike; given to waging war.
of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose:
a belligerent tone.
waging war; engaged in war:
a peace treaty between belligerent powers.
pertaining to war or to those engaged in war:
belligerent rights.
a state or nation at war.
a member of the military forces of such a state.
Contemporary Examples

How to End the Abortion Wars David Frum August 19, 2012
A Veteran Sees Echoes of Iraq and Argues Against Intervention in Syria Brian Van Reet September 8, 2013

Historical Examples

The World Before Them Susanna Moodie
Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863 Adam Gurowski
James Madison Sydney Howard Gay
The Pioneers James Fenimore Cooper
The Red Cross in Peace and War Clara Barton
The Case of Edith Cavell James M. Beck
Naval Warfare James R. Thursfield
Six days of the Irish Republic Louis Redmond-Howard

marked by readiness to fight or argue; aggressive: a belligerent tone
relating to or engaged in a legally recognized war or warfare
a person or country engaged in fighting or war


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