Definition of belligerent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bəˈlɪdʒərənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bəˈlɪdʒərənt//
    Anger, Conflict
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  1. 1unfriendly and aggressive synonym hostile a belligerent attitude He is always very belligerent towards me. See related entries: Anger
  2. 2[only before noun] (formal) (of a country) fighting a war the belligerent countries/states/nations See related entries: Conflict
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from Latin belligerant- ‘waging war’, from the verb belligerare, from bellum ‘war’.
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