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belligerent (adj) quarrelsome (of persons); fighting (of countries).
A person is in a belligerent mood if they are in a fighting mood, or in an attacking mood. A belligerent country is a country which is at war with another country. To be actively on the look out for a fight or to be involved in a fight is to be belligerent.
- Belligerent Benny is always involved in some fight or the other. It often gets him into trouble with the police and never lets his parents have peace of mind.
- Though a very small and nascent country, Israel has stood its ground against the combined might of all the belligerent Arab countries around it, and is prosperous.