Definition of belligerence in US English:

belligerence

(also belligerency)

noun

  • Aggressive or warlike behavior.

    ‘the reaction ranged from wild enthusiasm to outright belligerence’
    • ‘Will belligerency and jingoism solve the issues and problems the two countries face?’
    • ‘Underneath all that anger and belligerence is a good kid.’
    • ‘Please try to stop this belligerence towards me.’
    • ‘He is renowned as much for his belligerence as for his acuity.’
    • ‘While real physical aggression is relatively rare, verbal aggression or belligerence is relatively common.’
    • ‘Towards the end, Sam's boisterousness bordered on belligerence.’
    • ‘The prime minister's belligerence is dangerously irresponsible.’
    • ‘The result is either belligerence or isolationism - or both.’
    • ‘The president ‘has the inherent authority to thwart acts of belligerency at home or abroad that would do harm to citizens.’’
    • ‘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 whole glib tone of this, the truly jingoistic and arrogant belligerence would be totally unacceptable.’
    • ‘Arms and bodies lock together, intimate and aggressive, the closeness fired with 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.’
    • ‘Signs of Reye's syndrome include vomiting, lethargy and behavioral changes, such as belligerence.’
    • ‘The leader's belligerence is dangerously irresponsible ’, he wrote, because ‘we want an end to terrorism, not a new war.’
    • ‘He isn't an ideological pacifist, he just doesn't get the point of aggression and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They bring a sense of confrontation rather then conciliation, belligerence rather than humility and gracelessness rather than gracefulness.’
    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

/bəˈlij(ə)rəns//bəˈlɪdʒ(ə)rəns/