What does warlike mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. militant, hawkish, warlikeadjective

    disposed to warfare or hard-line policies

    "militant nations"; "hawkish congressman"; "warlike policies"

  2. warlike, martialadjective

    suggesting war or military life


  1. warlikeadjective

    hostile and belligerent

  2. warlikeadjective

    martial, bellicose or militaristic

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Warlikenoun

    Etymology: war and like.

    She using so strange, and yet so well succeeding a temper, made her people by peace warlike. Philip Sidney.

    Old Siward with ten thousand warlike men,
    All ready at appoint, was setting forth. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    When a warlike state grows soft and effeminate, they may be sure of a war. Francis Bacon.

    O imprudent Gauls,
    Relying on false hopes, thus to incense
    The warlike English. Philips.

    The great arch-angel from his warlike toil
    Surceas’d. John Milton, Paradise Lost.


  1. warlike

    Warlike refers to having a disposition, nature, characteristics or tendencies inclined towards aggression, conflict, hostility or combat, typically associated with warfare or military actions. It may also refer to something that resembles or relates to war or battle in terms of intensity or scale.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Warlikeadjective

    fit for war; disposed for war; as, a warlike state; a warlike disposition

  2. Warlikeadjective

    belonging or relating to war; military; martial

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. warlike

    Fit for war; disposed for war; as, a warlike state. Belonging or relating to war; military; martial.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of warlike in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of warlike in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of warlike in a Sentence

  1. Sir Thomas More:

    The most part of all princes have more delight in warlike manners and feats of chivalry than in the good feats of peace.

  2. Chinese:

    The best soldiers are not warlike.

  3. Patrick Henry:

    Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugationthe last arguments to which kings resort.

  4. Mrinal Patnaik:

    I trained in the early 2000s, when there was not a single oral agent for the management of AML, one of my professors had told me that AML was akin to a warlike situation where sometimes, you had to bomb the village in order to save it. We would throw these drugs that would kill everything and hope patients would recover with normal bone marrow.

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