belligerent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin belligerans (waging war), present active participle of belligerō (I wage war), from belliger (waging war, warlike), from bellum (war) + -ger (from gerō (I lead, wage, carry on)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bəˈlɪdʒ.(ə).ɹənt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /bəˈlɪdʒ.ə.ɹənt/
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Adjective[edit]

belligerent (comparative more belligerent, superlative most belligerent)

  1. Engaged in warfare, warring.
  2. Eager to go to war, warlike.
  3. Of or pertaining to war.
  4. (by extension) Aggressively hostile, eager to fight.
    • 2019 November 3, Liam de Carme, “Boks, you beauties”, in Sunday Times[1]:
      England were not allowed to give their chariot the momentum it had a week ago. It was stopped dead in its tracks by a belligerent Springboks defence that simply refused to yield.
  5. Acting violently towards others.
  6. Uncooperative.

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Noun[edit]

belligerent (plural belligerents)

  1. A state or other armed participant in warfare
    The UN sent a treaty proposal to the belligerents.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French belligérant, from Latin belligerēns (waging war), present active participle of belligerō (wage war), from belliger (waging war, warlike), from bellum (war) + -ger (from gerō (wage, carry on)).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bɛ.li.ɣəˈrɛnt/
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  • Hyphenation: bel‧li‧ge‧rent
  • Rhymes: -ɛnt

Adjective[edit]

belligerent (comparative belligerenter, superlative belligerentst)

  1. belligerent, engaged in warfare

Inflection[edit]

Inflection of belligerent
uninflected belligerent
inflected belligerente
comparative belligerenter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial belligerent belligerenter het belligerentst
het belligerentste
indefinite m./f. sing. belligerente belligerentere belligerentste
n. sing. belligerent belligerenter belligerentste
plural belligerente belligerentere belligerentste
definite belligerente belligerentere belligerentste
partitive belligerents belligerenters

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Noun[edit]

belligerent m (plural belligerenten)

  1. A belligerent, armed party in warfare

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Verb[edit]

belligerent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of belligerō