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Adjective bellicose has 1 sense
  1. battleful, bellicose, combative, contentious - having or showing a ready disposition to fight; "bellicose young officers"; "a combative impulse"; "a contentious nature"
    Antonyms: unaggressive, nonaggressive (indirect, via aggressive)

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(adjective) Demonstrating aggression or a willingness to fight; warlike.


  1. Aggressive:

    Having a bellicose nature, tending to start arguments or engage in confrontations.

    Example sentence: The bellicose neighbor always seemed ready to pick a fight over the smallest issues.

  2. Warlike:

    Characterized by a strong inclination towards warfare or conflict.

    Example sentence: The nation's history is marked by a bellicose past, with numerous conflicts and invasions.


  1. Popular Usage:

    In everyday language, 'bellicose' is commonly used to describe someone who is consistently aggressive or combative in their behavior.

    Example sentence: The boxer's reputation as a bellicose and formidable opponent spread throughout the sport.

  2. Local Usage:

    In certain regions, 'bellicose' might also be used to refer to a person or group known for their confrontational stance in political or social matters.

    Example sentence: The local activist group was known for its bellicose approach to achieving social justice, often staging protests and demonstrations.

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