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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , present participle of belligerare 'to fight a war', from bellum ( BELLICOSE) + gerere 'to carry on'

belligerent

adjective
     
bel‧lig‧er‧ent
1 very unfriendly and wanting to argue or fight [= aggressive]:
a belligerent attitude
2 [only before noun] formal a belligerent country is fighting a war against another country
belligerence, belligerency noun [uncountable]

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