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  • She demonstrated a steady hand while negotiating with a typically bellicose North Korea.
  • The bellicose young officers were too eager for war.
  • All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.
    H. L. Mencken
  • They were not very bellicose-looking; their columns were straggling, their suntan uniforms had gotten rumpled in the train, and they were singing Roll Out the Barrel.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace

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  • My explanation made no sense, and naturally it did not satisfy the bellicose woman.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • He abstained from thoughts of home, from thoughts of his two bellicose sons and the wife he had nicknamed Melao.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • Should that fail, they were not shy about bursting into fits of bellicosity: cursing or even openly bullying customers.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • The letter was written in a fit of Conroy passion, the tiny bellicose Irishman residing in my genes and collective unconscious urging me on and whispering to me that a great injustice was being perpetrated and that it was up to me to expose this condition to the person with the ability and training to do something about it.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The chaplain was shocked by his bellicose words and tone and, to his own amazement and mystification, deeply chagrined that they were turning him loose.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It was very different from the flag-waving, shouting bellicosity of his younger days.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden

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  • We had seen stories about this in the newspapers, and some of the men even joked with me about Winnie’s bellicosity.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • For a plebe, his stare was too intense and bellicose.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The rest of the meeting they gave to a bellicose investigation of the fact that there was seventeen cents less than there should be in the Fund.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Servile and fawning as he had been before, he was now as domineering and bellicose.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • Despite this possibility, the Soviet leader becomes less bellicose.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • It sounded bellicose, and all the while Martin was blissful with the certainty that he had come home.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • The thirst for individual freedom had brought forth the bellicose cult of nationalism, which humanitarian liberalism called sinister, although it, too, taught the doctrine of individualism, but from a slightly different angle.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • They proved that a seal pup could swim or not swim at birth by stating the proposition very bellicosely and then following it up with an attack on the opposing man’s judgment, common sense, nationality, or past history.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • He bristled with bellicose dismay.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Consider this: Ireland is an island nation that has never developed a navy; a music-loving people who have produced only those harmless lilting ditties as their musical legacy; a bellicose people who have never known the sweet savor of victory in a single war; a Catholic country that has never produced a single doctor of the Church; a magnificently beautiful country, a country to inspire artists, but a country not yet immortalized in art; a philosophic people yet to produce a single…
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "Scoffered off," Wilem announced with an edge of bellicosity "As soon as you finished playing.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Servile and fawning as he had been before, he was now as domineering and bellicose.
    London, Jack  --  The Sea Wolf
  • Nazi Germany could accurately be described as bellicose because it tried to take over Europe.
  • The New World seems to have made up its mind to live in peace; and our bellicose
    Verne, Jules  --  From The Earth To The Moon
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