Definition of belligerence in English:

belligerence

(also belligerency)

noun

mass noun
  • Aggressive or warlike behaviour.

    ‘Mortimer was eyeing Guy with belligerence’
    ‘a blatant act of belligerence’
    • ‘Armed conflict is defined in functional terms, unlike a state of war which is triggered by a formal state of belligerency between two states.’
    • ‘He isn't an ideological pacifist, he just doesn't get the point of aggression and belligerence.’
    • ‘The result is either belligerence or isolationism - or both.’
    • ‘Will belligerency and jingoism solve the issues and problems the two countries face?’
    • ‘He often looks perplexed, as though interrupted from a dream, and you wonder if in the noisy belligerence of the dressing room he does not fade from view like an apparition.’
    • ‘The president ‘has the inherent authority to thwart acts of belligerency at home or abroad that would do harm to citizens.’’
    • ‘They bring a sense of confrontation rather then conciliation, belligerence rather than humility and gracelessness rather than gracefulness.’
    • ‘Please try to stop this belligerence towards me.’
    • ‘The prime minister's belligerence is dangerously irresponsible.’
    • ‘Towards the end, Sam's boisterousness bordered on belligerence.’
    • ‘The whole glib tone of this, the truly jingoistic and arrogant belligerence would be totally unacceptable.’
    • ‘But if younger activists want me to move over, they'll have to offer something more than mere belligerence.’
    • ‘So, to all readers, as well as those I've written about - let me apologize for the displays of pride, pettiness, slander, belligerency, cruelty, and offensiveness - be they intentional or not.’
    • ‘Arms and bodies lock together, intimate and aggressive, the closeness fired with belligerence.’
    • ‘In fact after reading what the minister did on Wednesday, the President must have felt awfully mortified because he knows belligerence is not for leaders.’
    • ‘Signs of Reye's syndrome include vomiting, lethargy and behavioral changes, such as belligerence.’
    • ‘Underneath all that anger and belligerence is a good kid.’
    • ‘The leader's belligerence is dangerously irresponsible ’, he wrote, because ‘we want an end to terrorism, not a new war.’
    • ‘While real physical aggression is relatively rare, verbal aggression or belligerence is relatively common.’
    • ‘He is renowned as much for his belligerence as for his acuity.’
    will to resist, power to resist, resistance, morale, spirit, courage, pluck, pluckiness, gameness, will to win, strength, backbone, spine, mettle, stout-heartedness, determination, firmness of purpose, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, confidence
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Pronunciation

belligerence

/bəˈlɪdʒ(ə)r(ə)ns/