bellicose (adj.) early 15c., from L. bellicosus "warlike, valorous, given to fighting," from bellicus "of war," from bellum "war," O.L. duellum, dvellum, of uncertain origin.

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  • Bellicose — Bel li*cose , a. [L. bellicosus, fr. bellicus of war, fr. bellum war. See {Duel}.] Inclined to war or contention; warlike; pugnacious. [1913 Webster] Arnold was, in fact, in a bellicose vein. W. Irving. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bellicose — index contentious, disorderly, impertinent (insolent), inimical, insolent, litigious, malevolent, o …   Law dictionary

  • bellicose — *belligerent, pugnacious, combative, contentious, quarrelsome Analogous words: militant, *aggressive, assertive: antagonizing or antagonistic, combating or combative (see corresponding verbs at RESIST): fighting, warring, battling, contending… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • bellicose — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ aggressive and ready to fight. DERIVATIVES bellicosity noun. ORIGIN Latin bellicosus, from bellum war …   English terms dictionary

  • bellicose — [bel′i kōs΄] adj. [ME < L bellicosus < bellicus, of war < bellum, war < OL duellum: for IE base see DUEL] of a quarrelsome or hostile nature; eager to fight or quarrel; warlike SYN. BELLIGERENT bellicosely adv. bellicosity [bel΄i… …   English World dictionary

  • bellicose — [[t]be̱lɪkoʊs, koʊz[/t]] ADJ GRADED You use bellicose to refer to aggressive actions or behaviour that are likely to start an argument or a fight. [LITERARY] The government is continuing its bellicose statements threatening tough action against… …   English dictionary

  • bellicose — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. warlike, belligerent, hostile; see aggressive 2 , belligerent . See Synonym Study at belligerent . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [BEL i KOSE] belligerent, quarrelsome, warlike. He was eager to… …   English dictionary for students

  • bellicose — bel|li|cose [ˈbelıkəus US kous] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: bellicosus, from bellum war ] behaving in a way that is likely to start an argument or fight = ↑aggressive ▪ bellicose criticism >bellicosity [ˌbelıˈkɔsıti US ˈka: ] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bellicose — bel|li|cose [ belıkous ] adjective FORMAL someone who is bellicose enjoys fighting or arguing: AGGRESSIVE ╾ bel|li|cos|i|ty [ ,belı kasəti ] noun uncount …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bellicose — UK [ˈbelɪˌkəʊs] / US [ˈbelɪkoʊs] adjective formal someone who is bellicose enjoys fighting or arguing Derived word: bellicosity UK [ˌbelɪˈkɒsətɪ] / US [ˌbelɪˈkɑsətɪ] noun uncountable …   English dictionary

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