Definition of Belligerent

1. Noun. Someone who fights (or is fighting).




2. Adjective. Characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight. "A belligerent tone"
Exact synonyms: Aggressive
Similar to: Hostile
Derivative terms: Aggress, Aggressiveness, Belligerence, Belligerence, Belligerency

3. Adjective. Engaged in war. "Belligerent (or warring) nations"
Exact synonyms: Militant, War-ridden, Warring
Similar to: Unpeaceful
Derivative terms: Belligerency

Definition of Belligerent

1. a. Waging war; carrying on war.

2. n. A nation or state recognized as carrying on war; a person engaged in warfare.

Definition of Belligerent

1. Adjective. Engaged in warfare, warring. ¹

2. Adjective. Eager to go to war, warlike. ¹

3. Adjective. Of or pertaining to war. ¹

4. Adjective. (By extension) Aggressively hostile, eager to fight. ¹

5. Adjective. Acting violently towards others. ¹

6. Noun. A state or other armed participant in warfare ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Belligerent

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Belligerent

bellicosities
bellicosity
bellicous
bellidoite
bellied
bellied up
bellies
bellies of digastric muscle
bellies of omohyoid muscle
bellies of the beasts
bellies up
belligerence
belligerences
belligerencies
belligerency
belligerent (current term)
belligerently
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belling
belling the cat
bellingerite
bellings
bellipotence
bellipotent
belllike
bellmaker
bellmakers
bellmaking
bellman
bellmen

Literary usage of Belligerent

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1. The American Journal of International Law by American Society of International Law (1918)
"4629, the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the honor to inform the Legation that the admission of belligerent armed merchant snips to the ports, ..."

2. International Law Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied by the United States by Charles Cheney Hyde (1922)
"Credit is the mainstay of a belligerent. A neutral country extending that form of aid through private agencies strengthens directly the recipient, ..."

3. Elements of International Law by Henry Wheaton (1904)
"from all the belligerent powers; or even from granting Chap. ... The reception or exclusion of belligerent cruisers and their prizes in Reception of neutral ..."

4. The Principles of International Law by Thomas Joseph Lawrence (1905)
"It is their duty Not to permit belligerent agents or their own subject! to fit out warlike expeditions within their dominions, or increase therein the ..."

5. The Writings of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson (1907)
"Rules for the Regulation of our Conduct towards the belligerent Powers recommended to the President for his Adoption. i st. ..."

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