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belligerent
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Definition hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
  • She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
  • She likes to start belligerent political arguments to get people to lose their cool.
  • belligerent = hostile or combative
  • Belligerent as a bull terrier, she marched up to him.
    Cornelia Funke  --  Inkheart
  • belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • He strutted around with a belligerent and tough attitude.
    Wilson Rawls  --  Where the Red Fern Grows
  • belligerent = hostile (as though eager to fight)
  • He maintained a belligerent attitude toward all well-dressed men.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • 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
  • belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • "That's right," said Mitchell Layton belligerently, as if he expected everyone to disagree and was insulting them in advance.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • the man turned a hard, belligerent face to him.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • belligerent = hostile (showing the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • The white brothers looked uncomfortable and some of the Harlem brothers belligerent.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • belligerent = hostile (eager to fight)
  • I tilted my head back and glared at him, embarrassment making me lash out, belligerent.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • The rogue commander was getting more and more belligerent, the United States more and more concerned.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • belligerent = hostile (with of the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • 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
  • belligerent = with the attitude of one eager to fight
  • Someone needs to be able to shoot potential belligerents,
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • belligerents = people engaged in a fight or war
  • Now Lennie retorted belligerently, "He ain't neither."
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • belligerently = in a hostile manner
  • The Inspector's tone was belligerent.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • "So you say," challenged Orik, ever more belligerent.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • Her expression is unmistakably belligerent.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • belligerent = hostile (showing the attitude of one eager to fight)
  • "A fella got to eat," he began; and then, belligerently, "A fella got a right to eat."
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • belligerently = as though ready for a fight
  • "What're you trying to do," the white man asked belligerently, "kill this man's sale?"
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
  • 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
belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight

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