1) ADJ-GRADED A belligerent person is hostile and aggressive.

...the belligerent statements from both sides which have led to fears of war...

He was almost back to his belligerent mood of twelve months ago.

Derived words:
belligerently ADV-GRADED

`Why not?' he asked belligerently.

belligerence N-UNCOUNT

He could be accused of passion, but never belligerence.

2) N-COUNT The belligerents in a war are the countries or groups that are fighting each other. [FORMAL]

The belligerents were due, once again, to try to settle their differences.

English dictionary. 2008.


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