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belligerent


She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
  hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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  • She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
  • She likes to start belligerent political arguments to get people to lose their cool.
  • Belligerent as a bull terrier, she marched up to him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • He strutted around with a belligerent and tough attitude.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows

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  • He maintained a belligerent attitude toward all well-dressed men.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • "That’s right," said Mitchell Layton belligerently, as if he expected everyone to disagree and was insulting them in advance.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The white brothers looked uncomfortable and some of the Harlem brothers belligerent.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • the man turned a hard, belligerent face to him.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • The rogue commander was getting more and more belligerent, the United States more and more concerned.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I tilted my head back and glared at him, embarrassment making me lash out, belligerent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse

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  • the Indians were not belligerent and it was apparent that Gus had merely struck the wrong bunch at the wrong time, in the wrong manner.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • Now the woman is turning intellectual, and will insist on a belligerent discussion of politics, and will doubtless order him to abolish slavery in the South at once.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • "A fella got to eat," he began; and then, belligerently, "A fella got a right to eat."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Now Lennie retorted belligerently, "He ain’t neither."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • "I’m not a child," he muttered in a deeper tone than usual, his chin jutting out belligerently.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • "What’re you trying to do," the white man asked belligerently, "kill this man’s sale?"
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • "What I do now?" he demanded belligerently.
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • Jason glared at him and said belligerently, "Can I have some breakfast, please?"
    Jim Stovall  --  The Ultimate Gift
  • The littlest dragon followed us to the cave, not belligerently (although I don’t trust anything with teeth that size)
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • Someone needs to be able to shoot potential belligerents,
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • As soon as they let him out, he’d fight another soldier or get belligerent with an officer and they’d throw him back in.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Her expression is unmistakably belligerent.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The belligerent, I’m-sticking-up-for-my-rights way George was looking at him had sparked Jack’s own temper.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • "So you say," challenged Orik, ever more belligerent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • At last, after several hours, when sundry summer-houses had been pulled down, and some area-railings had been torn up, to arm the more belligerent spirits, a rumour got about that the Guards were coming.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Downstairs Graf began to bark, an insistent, belligerent alarm announcing a strange car in the driveway.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • He was belligerent and edgy as he led us down the street and then pushed us roughly into a taxi.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The Inspector’s tone was belligerent.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • With luck, thought the tuxedoed manager, the explanation that an impetuous bartender had mistaken a belligerent drunk for something far more serious would be acceptable to the police.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • he was in belligerent mood;
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • Old Stew might rant, he might take you by the collar, become belligerent, even stumble on the stairs when going to sleep, but none of it was a surprise.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • I ask warily but less belligerently.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • echoed Juliet belligerently, still a bit miffed over the mesmerizing.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • ...in the belligerently righteous style of a third-rate tabloid; her economics consisted of the assertion that "we’ve got to help the poor."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • He was very happy, he wrote and in belligerently underlined words threatened that he intended to stay that way.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • From our co-belligerents the Skinnies we knew that many missing troopers were alive as prisoners
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • he asked belligerently.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • But I imagine Father was belligerent about it.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • But no matter how Spitz circled, Joe whirled around on his heels to face him ... —the incarnation of belligerent fear.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • There was also hopeless confusion in the corridors of the centre, where a mood of belligerent self-confidence prevailed.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • A part-grown puppy, somewhat larger and older than he, came toward him slowly, with ostentatious and belligerent importance.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • the kid asked, sounding a lot less belligerent and much more weirded out.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Out of the hundreds of thousands of species, I can only think of seven which are belligerent.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • But what about when ... or they are just belligerent and rude?
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • "He reshapes the world," I whispered, belligerent.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • The tone’s still belligerent.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • he was annoyed by such background thoughts as had never weakened him in his days of belligerent conformity.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • a belligerent argument
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • it was more belligerent;
    Eudora Welty  --  The Golden Apples
  • The belligerent Martin who had carried off Leora had not thought about romance, because in his clumsy way he had been romantic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
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