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Hostile or warlike attitude or nature.  Synonym: belligerence.
Fighting; acts of overt warfare.  Synonym: hostilities.

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"Belligerency" Quotes from Famous Books

... of her late husband, yet that little was of a sufficiently awe-inspiring character to satisfy the curiosity of Laurel Spring. A man of unswerving animosity and candid belligerency, untempered by any human weakness, he had been actively engaged as survivor in two or three blood feuds in Kentucky, and some desultory dueling, only to succumb, through the irony of fate, to an attack of fever and ague in San Francisco. Gifted with ...
— Trent's Trust and Other Stories • Bret Harte

... the relapse of mankind to the agricultural barbarism from which it had emerged so painfully or the acceptance of achieved science as the basis of a new social order. The old tendencies of human nature, suspicion, jealousy, particularism, and belligerency, were incompatible with the monstrous destructive power of the new appliances the inhuman logic of science had produced. The equilibrium could be restored only by civilisation destroying itself down to a level at which modern apparatus could no longer be produced, or by human nature adapting ...
— The World Set Free • Herbert George Wells

... with the alacrity of one who has old-time grudges still unsettled. He put a sandwich back into his basket untasted, an ominous sign of how belligerency was overcoming appetite. "Well, make b'lieve I'm the front door of the orphin asylum, and come ...
— The Skipper and the Skipped - Being the Shore Log of Cap'n Aaron Sproul • Holman Day

... point the visitor seemed to hold a variant opinion. Momentarily his face abandoned its suavity and the lower jaw thrust itself forward with a marked hint of belligerency. ...
— The Tyranny of Weakness • Charles Neville Buck

... any better after old Brindle fills up on this dust," observed Martin, belligerency ...
— Dust • Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

Words linked to "Belligerency" :   warpath, ill will, armed combat, belligerent, combat, enmity, hostility

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