belligerent /bəˈlɪdʒ(ə)r(ə)nt/

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I. adjective

1. hostile and aggressive

the mood at the meeting was belligerent.
2. engaged in a war or conflict, as recognized by international law.

a conference of socialists from all belligerent countries.
II. noun

a nation or person engaged in war or conflict, as recognized by international law.

ships and goods captured at sea by a belligerent.
III. derivatives

belligerently /bəˈlɪdʒərəntli /
adverb


– origin late 16th cent.: from Latin belligerant- ‘waging war’, from the verb belligerare, from bellum ‘war’.

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