Definition of bellicose in English:

bellicose

adjective

  • Demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.

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