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 Dictionary entry overview: What does belligerent mean? 

  The noun BELLIGERENT has 1 sense:

1. someone who fights (or is fighting)

  Familiarity information: BELLIGERENT used as a noun is very rare.

BELLIGERENT (adjective)
  The adjective BELLIGERENT has 2 senses:

1. characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
2. engaged in war

  Familiarity information: BELLIGERENT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1belligerent [BACK TO TOP]


Someone who fights (or is fighting)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


battler; belligerent; combatant; fighter; scrapper

Hypernyms ("belligerent" is a kind of...):

individual; mortal; person; somebody; someone; soul (a human being)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "belligerent"):

defender; withstander (a fighter who holds out against attack)

master; superior; victor (a combatant who is able to defeat rivals)

street fighter; tough (someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing)

skirmisher (someone who skirmishes (e.g., as a member of a scouting party))

mauler (a fighter who batters the opponent)

gamecock; hell-kite; hell-rooster (someone who is a very fierce fighter)

gouger (an attacker who gouges out the antagonist's eye)

gladiator ((ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat)

fencer; swordsman (someone skilled at fencing)

butter (a fighter who strikes the opponent with his head)

brawler (a fighter (especially one who participates in brawls))

boxer; pugilist (someone who fights with his fists for sport)

grappler; matman; wrestler (combatant who tries to throw opponent to the ground)

BELLIGERENT (adjective)

Sense 1belligerent [BACK TO TOP]


Characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight


belligerent; aggressive

Context examples:

aggressive acts against another country / a belligerent tone


hostile (characterized by enmity or ill will)

Sense 2belligerent [BACK TO TOP]


Engaged in war


war-ridden; warring; belligerent; fighting; militant

Context examples:

belligerent (or warring) nations / a fighting war


unpeaceful (not peaceful)

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