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1. belligerent

adjective. ['bəˈlɪdʒɝənt'] characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight.

Synonyms

  • aggressive

Antonyms

  • stranger
  • introvert

Etymology

  • belligerans (Latin)

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Words that Rhyme with Belligerent

  • refrigerant
  • beligerent

Example sentences of the word belligerent


1. Noun, singular or mass
Because of this, France was not able to openly aid either side without being seen as a belligerent.

2. Adjective
A child who lacks reading skills might hide his feelings of shame and anxiety through belligerent behavior.

3. Verb, base form
They also dislike not getting their way, which can lead to belligerent behavior back talk.

Quotes containing the word belligerent


1. You stand with the least likely to succeed until success is succeeded by something more valuable: kinship. You stand with the belligerent, the surly and the badly behaved until bad behavior is recognized for the language it is: the vocabulary of the deeply wounded and of those whose burdens are more than they can bear.
- Greg Boyle

2. If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God's name, it was bad theology.
- Karen Armstrong, The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

3. Religion turned some folks belligerent.
- Eileen Wilks, On the Prowl

2. belligerent

adjective. ['bəˈlɪdʒɝənt'] engaged in war.

Synonyms

  • war-ridden
  • unpeaceful
  • warring

Antonyms

  • withholder
  • male
  • adult
  • loser

Etymology

  • belligerans (Latin)

3. belligerent

noun. ['bəˈlɪdʒɝənt'] someone who fights (or is fighting).

Synonyms

  • soul
  • mauler
  • superior
  • hell-rooster
  • combatant
  • victor
  • gladiator
  • wrestler
  • street fighter
  • gouger
  • fighter
  • individual
  • boxer
  • mortal
  • skirmisher
  • brawler
  • tough
  • gamecock
  • person
  • butter
  • defender
  • scrapper
  • fencer
  • grappler
  • battler
  • pugilist
  • master
  • hell-kite
  • matman
  • swordsman
  • withstander
  • somebody

Antonyms

  • worker
  • extrovert
  • debtor
  • nonreligious person

Etymology

  • belligerans (Latin)
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