bellicose

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English bellicose,[1] from Latin bellicosus.

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  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɛlɪkoʊs/, /ˈbɛləkoʊs/
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bellicose (comparative more bellicose, superlative most bellicose)

  1. Warlike in nature; aggressive; hostile.
    • 1996 March 15, Pringle, James, “Peking sends out mixed signals”, in The Times[1], number 65,528, ISSN 0140-0460, OCLC 502384265, Overseas News, page 14, column 8:
      CHINA sent both bellicose and conciliatory signals yesterday as tension continued in the Taiwan Strait over Chinese military exercises and the deployment of US naval battle groups.
    • 2012 July 12, Sam Adams, “Ice Age: Continental Drift”, in AV Club:
      The core Ice Age cast—wooly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), sabertooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary), and sloth Sid (John Leguizamo)—are set adrift, sailing the high seas on a chunk of ice until they collide with a bellicose primate (Peter Dinklage).
  2. Showing or having the impulse to be combative.

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  1. ^ bellicōse, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, November 2019, retrieved 2021-12-30.

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Adjective[edit]

bellicose f pl

  1. feminine plural of bellicoso

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

bellicōse

  1. vocative masculine singular of bellicōsus

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