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Definition having or showing a tendency to fight
  • She demonstrated a steady hand while negotiating with a typically bellicose North Korea.
bellicose = having or showing a tendency to fight
  • 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
  • The bellicose young officers were too eager for war.
  • He abstained from thoughts of home, from thoughts of his two bellicose sons and the wife he had nicknamed Melao.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • bellicose = inclined to fight
  • My explanation made no sense, and naturally it did not satisfy the bellicose woman.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • bellicose = eager to fight
  • 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
  • bellicose = like people who are inclined to fight
  • 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
  • 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 sounded bellicose, and all the while Martin was blissful with the certainty that he had come home.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • 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
  • 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
  • Despite this possibility, the Soviet leader becomes less bellicose.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • 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
  • For a plebe, his stare was too intense and bellicose.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Servile and fawning as he had been before, he was now as domineering and bellicose.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • It was very different from the flag-waving, shouting bellicosity of his younger days.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • 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
  • 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

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