• WordNet 3.6
    • adj belligerent characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight "aggressive acts against another country","a belligerent tone"
    • adj belligerent engaged in war "belligerent (or warring) nations"
    • n belligerent someone who fights (or is fighting)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Belligerent A nation or state recognized as carrying on war; a person engaged in warfare.
    • Belligerent Pertaining, or tending, to war; of or relating to belligerents; as, a belligerent tone; belligerent rights.
    • Belligerent Waging war; carrying on war. "Belligerent powers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • belligerent Warlike; given to waging war; characterized by a tendency to wage or carry on war.
    • belligerent Of warlike character; constituting or tending to an infraction of peace: as, a belligerent. tone of debate.
    • belligerent Actually engaged in war: as, the belligerent powers.
    • belligerent Pertaining to war, or to those engaged in war: as, belligerent rights, etc.
    • n belligerent A nation, power, or state carrying on war; also, a person engaged in fighting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Belligerent bel-ij′ėr-ėnt carrying on regular war
    • n Belligerent a party or person waging such
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. bellum, war + gerens, -entis, waging, (p. pr.) of gerere, to wage: cf. F. belligérant,. See Bellicose Jest


In literature:

Dooly never pretended to belligerency.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
In numbers, the belligerents could not have been less than from four to five thousand men.
"The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
South of this line is enemy's territory, because it is claimed and held in possession by an organized, hostile, and belligerent power.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
The German confronted him with blood-shot blue eyes that ceased to smile and clearly welcomed the belligerency.
"The Palace of Darkened Windows" by Mary Hastings Bradley
All the belligerent powers, excepting Maria Theresa, weary of the long war, were anxious for peace.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Hence the well-known futility of belligerent controversy.
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
But the appearance of the poor woman was now anything but belligerent.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
We called upon the belligerent powers to respect it.
"New York Times Current History: The European War from the Beginning to March 1915, Vol 1, No. 2" by Various
Mounted troops corralled the mobs as cowboys round up belligerent cattle.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
But the knowledge appeared merely to increase his belligerence to an insane fury.
"Square Deal Sanderson" by Charles Alden Seltzer
A written agreement between belligerents for an exchange of prisoners.
"Anson's Voyage Round the World" by Richard Walter
Remember that Russian citizens have no enemies among the working classes of the belligerents!
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
In order that there might be no mistake as to his belligerent intentions, P.T.
"The Skipper and the Skipped" by Holman Day
The belligerent nations have made their choice.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
Meantime the two huge belligerents were hammering stunning blows at each other.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
The year 1917 witnessed startling changes in the grouping of the belligerent powers.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Burns sniffled, then glared belligerently at the others.
"Terry" by Charles Goff Thomson
There was another side, however, to his nature, besides the belligerent one.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
I must now give a glance at the position of the belligerent armies at this period.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
The unselfish nature of his idealism, as well as his continued detachment from both camps of the belligerents, was obvious.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour

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:

PNC Park guard loses finger, Pittsburgh cop injures shoulder in struggle with belligerent fan.
If you are Kevin Phillips you would say that the reason for all this belligerence goes back to the English Civil War of 1641-1651.
Marc Ambinder wrote about John McCain and Joe Lieberman's "Enemy Belligerent , Interrogation, Detention, and Prosecution Act of 2010" a couple of weeks ago, but I missed it.
It's basically designed to allow us to detain enemy belligerents indefinitely if they meet certain criteria.
Belligerent Day For Mets, Jays.
A Madison Police officer was head- butted in the face by a belligerent and intoxicated man as he struggled with police and Dane County detox center staff.
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.
The results suggest Ahmadinejad will face a more belligerent parliament in the remaining time of the second four-year term in office that ends August 2013.