What does belligerent mean?

Definitions for belligerent
bəˈlɪdʒ ər əntbel·li·ger·ent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. combatant, battler, belligerent, fighter, scrapperadjective

    someone who fights (or is fighting)

  2. aggressive, belligerentadjective

    characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight

    "aggressive acts against another country"; "a belligerent tone"

  3. belligerent, militant, war-ridden, warringadjective

    engaged in war

    "belligerent (or warring) nations"

Wiktionary

  1. belligerentnoun

    A state or other armed participant in warfare

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

    Etymology: From belligerans, present active participle of belligero, from belliger, from bellum + -ger (from gero).

  2. belligerentadjective

    Engaged in warfare, warring.

    Etymology: From belligerans, present active participle of belligero, from belliger, from bellum + -ger (from gero).

  3. belligerentadjective

    Eager to go to war, warlike.

    Etymology: From belligerans, present active participle of belligero, from belliger, from bellum + -ger (from gero).

  4. belligerentadjective

    Of or pertaining to war.

    Etymology: From belligerans, present active participle of belligero, from belliger, from bellum + -ger (from gero).

  5. belligerentadjective

    (By extension) Aggressively hostile, eager to fight.

    Etymology: From belligerans, present active participle of belligero, from belliger, from bellum + -ger (from gero).

  6. belligerentadjective

    Acting violently towards others.

    Etymology: From belligerans, present active participle of belligero, from belliger, from bellum + -ger (from gero).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Belligerent

    waging war; carrying on war

  2. Belligerent

    pertaining, or tending, to war; of or relating to belligerents; as, a belligerent tone; belligerent rights

  3. Belligerentnoun

    a nation or state recognized as carrying on war; a person engaged in warfare

Freebase

  1. Belligerent

    A belligerent is an individual, group, country or other entity which acts in a hostile manner, such as engaging in combat. Belligerent comes from Latin, literally meaning "one who wages war". Unlike the colloquial use of belligerent to mean aggressive, its formal use does not necessarily imply that the belligerent country is an aggressor. In times of war, belligerent countries can be contrasted with neutral countries and non-belligerents. However, the application of the laws of war to neutral countries and the responsibilities of belligerents are not affected by any distinction between neutral countries, neutral powers or non-belligerents. A non-belligerent may nevertheless risk being considered a belligerent if it aids or supports a belligerent in a way proscribed by neutral countries. An interesting use of the term arose during the American Civil War, when the Confederate States of America, though not recognized as a sovereign state, was recognized as a belligerent power, and thus Confederate warships were given the same rights as United States warships in foreign ports.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Belligerent

    bel-ij′ėr-ėnt, adj. carrying on regular war.—n. a party or person waging such.—n. Bellig′erency. [L. belligerant-em, belligerāre, to wage war.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. belligerent

    An epithet applied to any country which is in a state of warfare.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. belligerent

    In a state of warfare. Hence any two or more nations at war are called belligerent powers.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of belligerent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of belligerent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of belligerent in a Sentence

  1. Debra Katz:

    Since then, he has lied publicly over and over again in an attempt to walk back his original admission. Realizing his admission was insufficient to quell the public’s growing calls for accountability, he has since resorted to belligerent lies and a Trumpian refusal to stick to a single set of facts, he has also demonstrated a jaw-dropping ignorance of the sexual harassment law he signed into effect — without great fanfare — suggesting that his behavior is fine because he never meant to make women feel uncomfortable.

  2. Donovon Brinson:

    I saw the beginning of the argument [between the girls], the girls were definitely getting really boisterous with each other and using belligerent terms. It's sad.

  3. Tom Luehrs:

    A lot of the people that we work with are wanting to get jobs, wanting to get housing, wanting to move out of homelessness, so then you have this other group that's kind of even belligerent and certainly not engaging and sometimes just very disrespectful. They don't care.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    A woman can never prove her argument right with a wiseman’s proverb so she has to take the support of a wicked person’s thought only to bolster her belligerent point.

  5. Ryan Stout:

    I don't think he's being belligerent intentionally, I think he's in a crisis.

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  • محاربArabic
  • войнствен, военен, воюващ, воюваща странаBulgarian
  • krigsførendeDanish
  • streitlustig, KriegsteilnehmerGerman
  • bélico, belicoso, beligeranteSpanish
  • sotaakäyvä, sotaintoinen, hyökkäävä, väkivaltainen, riitaisa, sotaisa, riidanhaluinenFinnish
  • belligérantFrench
  • deilugjarn, styrjaldaraðili, ófriðsamur, herskár, deiluaðiliIcelandic
  • bellico, belligerante, bellicosoItalian
  • 好戦的Japanese
  • bellicusLatin
  • kaitaua, toheriri, kaikiriMāori
  • partij, belligerent, krijgs-, oorlog, oorlogvoerend, vijandig, strijdlustig, oorlogszuchtigDutch
  • krigersk, stridslystenNorwegian
  • strona konfliktu, wojenny, napastliwy, walczący, wojowniczyPolish
  • beligerantes, belicoso, beligerante, bélicoPortuguese
  • военный, воинственный, враждующий, участник конфликта, враждебный, воюющая сторона, воюющийRussian
  • krigslysten, stridslysten, krigförandeSwedish
  • گھنٹیUrdu
  • 交戰的Chinese

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