Meaning of belligerent

bel•lig•er•ent

Pronunciation: (bu-lij'ur-unt), [key]
— adj.
  1. warlike; given to waging war.
  2. of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose: a belligerent tone.
  3. waging war; engaged in war: a peace treaty between belligerent powers.
  4. pertaining to war or to those engaged in war: belligerent rights.
—n.
  1. a state or nation at war.
  2. a member of the military forces of such a state.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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