Word Of Week #50 – Belligerent

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WOW #50 – Word Of The Week





/bəˈlɪdʒ(ə)r(ə)nt/ ; bel·​lig·​er·​ent

Part Of Speech:

Adjective, noun, adverb



  • hostile and aggressive
  • engaged in a war or conflict, as recognized by international law
  • inclined to or exhibiting assertiveness, hostility, or combativeness
  • waging warspecifically  belonging to or recognized as a state at war and protected by and subject to the laws of war
  • a nation or person engaged in war or conflict, as recognized by international law

Related Phrases:


  • hostile
  • aggressive
  • threatening
  • antagonistic
  • pugnacious
  • bellicose
  • truculent
  • confrontational
  • argumentative
  • quarrelsome


  • pacific
  • peaceable
  • peaceful 
  • unbelligerent
  • uncombative
  • uncontentious

Phrases/Informal Synonyms:

Word Origin:

Late 16th century: from Latin belligerant- ‘waging war’, from the verb belligerare, from bellum ‘war’.

Usage Note:

Mostly used with a negative and agressive undertone.

Use In Sentences:

  1. Many people believe that Russia is being belligerant towards Ukrain while others believe that Ukrain is the one being belligerant.
  2. My father-in-law’s brother is belligerant and always looking for a fight.
  3. She belligerantly refused their invitation to attend their wedding ceremony.
  4. After years of belligerant behaviour, her friends are now in a co-ordial relationship.

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