Definition of bellicose in English:

bellicose

adjective

  • Demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.

    ‘a mood of bellicose jingoism’
    • ‘I sometimes ask people the question: what do you do when you serve a bellicose president who wants to go to war?’
    • ‘The fans also have their say and again the attitudes are conversational rather than bellicose and confrontational.’
    • ‘The Presidents's language has certainly reflected this - as the days have gone by, his speeches have become more and more bellicose.’
    • ‘The tone of his speech was bellicose and threatening.’
    • ‘But other less bellicose, parallel approaches should still be considered.’
    • ‘After a number of recent battles, in which quite a few hundred people have been slaughtered, the sensitive politician might want to avoid the use of bellicose imagery.’
    • ‘At the end of the 19th century, people were full of hope and expectations of a more peaceful, more contented, less bellicose world.’
    • ‘It was a particularly bellicose speech, and living in occupied West Berlin, within a mile of the Wall, it had a particularly scary resonance.’
    • ‘The Presidents's bellicose posture arose from weakness, not strength.’
    • ‘I've known many fighters, and most of them tend to be rather bellicose.’
    • ‘For eight years the policy of containment has worked and despite the bellicose rhetoric being bandied about last week, it will probably continue.’
    • ‘Heritage-rich nations and tribal groups alike sound bellicose in defence of heritage whose attrition they are impotent to prevent.’
    • ‘In contrast, moderate voices are rarely heard and often relentlessly overruled by barrages of bellicose opinions.’
    • ‘We won't know until the inspectors get there what his frame of mind is, but it's pretty bellicose in the meantime.’
    • ‘When reason is abdicated and replaced by the bellicose creeds of opposing religions, peace is impossible.’
    • ‘By game time, fans were a bellicose, red-faced, shouting mob.’
    • ‘The bellicose atmosphere in both cities cannot be ignored: stances are being hardened and war seems more or less inevitable.’
    • ‘At the time, the government was very bellicose about a military campaign.’
    • ‘Yet it is also a fact that the Administration has quietly backed down from a number of its most bellicose threats.’
    • ‘And people in charge of both governments have become more bellicose by the day.’
    belligerent, aggressive, hostile, threatening, antagonistic, pugnacious, truculent, confrontational, argumentative, quarrelsome, disputatious, contentious, militant, combative
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin bellicosus, from bellicus ‘warlike’, from bellum ‘war’.

Pronunciation

bellicose

/ˈbɛlɪkəʊs/