• WordNet 3.6
    • n belligerence a natural disposition to be hostile
    • n belligerence hostile or warlike attitude or nature
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Belligerence an aggressively hostile or warlike attitude or nature; a readiness to fight or offend, with little or no provocation.
    • Belligerence the act or state of being engaged in war or a warlike conflict; warfare.
    • n Belligerence The quality of being belligerent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n belligerence The act of carrying on war; warfare.
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In literature:

Eleanor alone looked belligerent.
"Grace Harlowe's Junior Year at High School" by Jessie Graham Flower
He blindfolded the big, belligerent horse to mount him.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
This second period merges very gradually into the third, or final, period, which is that of the last effort possible to the belligerents.
"A General Sketch of the European War" by Hilaire Belloc
In the beginning the belligerent nations had collected the most heterogeneous group of all the airplane models then available.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
No shifting of power in the belligerent states can achieve that.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
Both belligerents had securely intrenched themselves.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
Jones arrived, belligerent, to do battle for technical devices which would cost money.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
At the outset of the war all the belligerent countries believed that they could finance their needs without seeking neutral aid.
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
"The Continental Monthly, Volume V. Issue I" by Various
Genius may be as likely to be timid as belligerent.
"The Science of Human Nature" by William Henry Pyle
Belligerence was now in her tone, in her very attitude.
"Suzanna Stirs the Fire" by Emily Calvin Blake
The utmost address of the British cabinet had been employed to detach the belligerents from each other.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 4 (of 5)" by John Marshall
In a few months, Janet Bagley had changed from a frightened and belligerent mother-animal to a cheerful young prospective wife.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
There was muffled and meditative belligerency in the look.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
Since that date contracts have been placed for 949 vessels, including 100 submarine-chasers for co-belligerent nations.
"Our Navy in the War" by Lawrence Perry
Frank was a big, square, burly man who went his way surely, confidently, though a little belligerently.
"Green Valley" by Katharine Reynolds
He glared at Hampton belligerently.
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
Now he stood back, his face flushed, his two hands on his hips, his beard thrust forward belligerently and fairly seeming to bristle.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
Admiral Warren had more justification in attacking Norfolk, which had a navy yard and forts and was therefore frankly belligerent.
"The Fight for a Free Sea: A Chronicle of the War of 1812" by Ralph D. Paine
Nay, much more than this, Mr. Adams stands forth almost alone as the advocate of threatening if not of actually belligerent measures.
"John Quincy Adams" by John. T. Morse

In poetry:

But if you are forced into it: remember that good and
evil are as common as air, and like air shared
By the panting belligerents; the moral indignation that
hoarsens orators is mostly a fool.
"Time Of Disturbance" by Robinson Jeffers
Not yet, not yet to interfere does England see occasion,
But treats our good commissioner with coolness and evasion;
Such coolness in the premises, that really 'tis refrigerant
To think that two long years ago she called us a belligerent.
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

VERNAL — A man who paid his $25 medical bill with pennies has been found guilty of disorderly conduct after authorities say he became belligerent in the doctor's office.
Who is harassed regularly by belligerent viewers.
A deputy said the strip search of a "belligerent" man after a traffic stop turned up crack cocaine in a plastic bag tucked between the man?s buttocks .
So in anticipation of his punk crew's upcoming performance at Churchill 's Pub, we gave Dahlia a call to chat about the inner workings of one of the most deliberately belligerent rock acts ever.
Belligerence and bitterness were replaced by excitement and anticipation.
The soft-spoken belligerence of Councilman David Medina.
Furthermore, the Chinese government is indifferent to North Korean repression and probably admires Pyongyang's belligerence toward Washington.
Municipal election donations obscured by red tape, low-tech and council belligerence.
The soft-spoken belligerence of Councilman David Medina .
I wonder what President Dwight D Eisenhower would have thought of the essentially substanceless orgy of chauvinistic nationalism and belligerent jingoism that was the recent Republican National Convention.
BEIJING (AP) — China's government has demanded talks with Japan in their latest dust-up over a set of tiny islands, but a high-ranking Chinese military officer has suggested drastically more belligerent responses.
BEIJING—China's government has demanded talks with Japan in their latest dust-up over a set of tiny islands, but a high-ranking Chinese military officer has suggested drastically more belligerent responses.
Helps prevent unruly prisoners - whether intoxicated, severely agitated, verbally belligerent, or resisting arrest - from injuring your officers during transport.
Senior US diplomats pressed North Korea to halt its belligerent behavior and return to nuclear disarmament talks even as the isolated communist nation pushed ahead with preparations to launch a long-range ballistic missile.
A bit wobbly and bordering on belligerent, he was wearing headphones.