- An inclination to war; warlike policy or behaviour.
1962, Michael Howard, The Causes of Wars, page 271:
- One cannot understand the causes of the First World War unless one appreciates the degree of bellicism in European society at that time, especially in Central Europe […].
2003, Timothy Patrick Jackson, The Priority of Love, page 126:
- Today the phrase "holy war" suggests a no holds barred fanaticism, a form of unbridled bellicism.
- 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 295:
- Not all of France was inundated by the nationalist wave – it was predominantly young, intelligent Parisians who embraced the new bellicism […].
an inclination to war