What does belligerent mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word belligerent.

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"


  1. belligerentnoun

    A state or other armed participant in warfare

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

  2. belligerentadjective

    Engaged in warfare, warring.

  3. belligerentadjective

    Eager to go to war, warlike.

  4. belligerentadjective

    Of or pertaining to war.

  5. belligerentadjective

    (By extension) Aggressively hostile, eager to fight.

  6. belligerentadjective

    Acting violently towards others.

  7. 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


  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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  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. James Roche:

    Brett and I did not socialize beyond the first few days of freshman year. We talked at night as freshman roommates do, and I would see him as he returned from nights out with his friends. It is from this experience that I concluded that although Brett was normally reserved, he was a notably heavy drinker, even by the standards of Cuomo Prime Time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk.

  2. Ryan Stout:

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

  3. Jim Watson:

    It's completely unacceptable, particularly in the neighborhoods where some of the protesters are going into restaurants and refusing to wear a mask and harassing staff and really being belligerent to the residents of our city.

  4. Antony Blinken:

    It's increasingly belligerent rhetoric, it's recent buildup of forces. It's unusual troop movements along Ukraine's border.

  5. Rick Raynor:

    I'd rather work nine Grateful Dead concerts than one Oregon football game. They don't get belligerent like they do at the games.

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  • محاربArabic
  • военен, воюваща страна, войнствен, воюващBulgarian
  • krigsførendeDanish
  • Kriegsteilnehmer, streitlustigGerman
  • beligerante, bélico, belicosoSpanish
  • sotaisa, sotaakäyvä, riitaisa, riidanhaluinen, väkivaltainen, hyökkäävä, sotaintoinenFinnish
  • belligérantFrench
  • herskár, deiluaðili, deilugjarn, ófriðsamur, styrjaldaraðiliIcelandic
  • bellicoso, bellico, belligeranteItalian
  • 好戦的Japanese
  • bellicusLatin
  • kaitaua, kaikiri, toheririMāori
  • oorlogszuchtig, belligerent, strijdlustig, partij, vijandig, krijgs-, oorlogvoerend, oorlogDutch
  • krigersk, stridslystenNorwegian
  • strona konfliktu, wojenny, napastliwy, walczący, wojowniczyPolish
  • beligerantes, belicoso, bélico, beligerantePortuguese
  • враждующий, воюющая сторона, воюющий, воинственный, военный, участник конфликта, враждебныйRussian
  • krigförande, krigslysten, stridslystenSwedish
  • گھنٹیUrdu
  • 交戰的Chinese

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