[编辑] GRE 红宝书
- adj. ( 国家等) 交战的; 挑衅的
- ［英］ adj. ( 国家等) 交战的 ( at war) ; 挑衅的 ( bellicose, pugnacious)
- ［同］ 派生词: belligerence ( n.好战性;战斗)
- ［例］ The belligerent boy was sent to the principal's office.
[编辑] Webster Collegiate
- Etymology: modification of Latin belligerant-, belligerans, present participle of belligerare to wage war, from belliger waging war, from bellum + gerere to wage
- Date: 1577
- 1. waging war; specifically belonging to or recognized as a state at war and protected by and subject to the laws of war
- 2. inclined to or exhibiting assertiveness, hostility, or combativeness
- ? belligerent noun
- ? belligerently adverb
- belligerent, bellicose, pugnacious, quarrelsome, contentious mean having an aggressive or fighting attitude. belligerent often implies being actually at war or engaged in hostilities <belligerent nations>. bellicose suggests a disposition to fight<a drunk in a bellicose mood>. pugnacious suggests a disposition that takes pleasure in personal combat<a pugnacious gangster>. quarrelsome stresses an ill-natured readiness to fight without good cause<the heat made us all quarrelsome>. contentious implies perverse and irritating fondness for arguing and quarreling<wearied by his contentious disposition>.