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belligerent +‎ -ly


belligerently (comparative more belligerently, superlative most belligerently)

  1. In a belligerent manner; with aggressive hostility.
    • 1896, Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets, New York: Appleton, Chapter 11, pp. 88-89,[1]
      They swaggered unsteadily but belligerently toward the bar and looked at Pete with bleared and blinking eyes.
    • 1939, John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath, New York: Viking, 1962, Chapter 26, p. 512,[2]
      “How’d you get a job like this?” she asked.
      “A fella got to eat,” he began; and then, belligerently, “A fella got a right to eat.”
    • 1989, John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany, New York: William Morrow, Chapter 7, p. 338,[3]
      In truth, Mrs. Lish’s charge of anti-Semitism had backfired with a number of the faculty, who were quite belligerently anti-Semitic themselves.