Bellicose

  • 1 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

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

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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 …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 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

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 bellicose — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin bellicosus, from bellicus of war, from bellum war Date: 15th century favoring or inclined to start quarrels or wars Synonyms: see belligerent • bellicosity noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 bellicose — bellicosely, adv. bellicosity /bel i kos i tee/, bellicoseness, n. /bel i kohs /, adj. inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious. [1400 50; late ME < L bellicosus, equiv. to bellic(us) pertaining to war (bell(um)… …

    Universalium

  • 14 bellicose — adjective a) Warlike in nature; aggressive; hostile. b) Showing or having the impulse to be combative …

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  • 15 bellicose — Synonyms and related words: aggressive, antagonistic, assertive, battling, belligerent, bickering, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody minded, chauvinist, chauvinistic, combative, contentious, disputatious, divisive, enemy, eristic, factional, factious …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 bellicose — see REBEL …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 bellicose —  Warlike …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 18 bellicose — bel·li·cose || belɪkəʊs adj. belligerent, quarrelsome …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 19 bellicose — [ bɛlɪkəʊs] adjective aggressive; ready to fight. Derivatives bellicosity kɒsɪti noun Origin ME: from L. bellicosus, from bellicus warlike , from bellum war …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 bellicose — adjective literary always wanting to fight or argue; aggressive (1) bellicosity noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English