Monday, July 2, 2007

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Main Entry: bel·lig·er·ent
Pronunciation: -r&nt
Function: adjective
Etymology: modification of Latin belligerant-, belligerans, present participle of belligerare to wage war, from belliger waging war, from bellum + gerere to wage
1 : waging war; specifically : belonging to or recognized as a state at war and protected by and subject to the laws of war
2 : inclined to or exhibiting assertiveness, hostility, or combativeness
- belligerent noun
- bel·lig·er·ent·ly adverb
synonyms BELLIGERENT, BELLICOSE, PUGNACIOUS, QUARRELSOME, CONTENTIOUS mean having an aggressive or fighting attitude. BELLIGERENT often implies being actually at war or engaged in hostilities <belligerent nations>. BELLICOSE suggests a disposition to fight bellicose mood>. PUGNACIOUS suggests a disposition that takes pleasure in personal combat pugnacious gangster>. QUARRELSOME stresses an ill-natured readiness to fight without good cause quarrelsome>. CONTENTIOUS implies perverse and irritating fondness for arguing and quarreling contentious disposition>.

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