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Meaning of BELLICOSE

Pronunciation:  'belu`kows

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  having or showing a ready disposition to fight; "bellicose young officers"; "a combative impulse"; "a contentious nature"

BELLICOSE is a 9 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: aggressive, battleful, combative, contentious



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bel"li*cose`\, a. [L. bellicosus, fr. bellicus of
war, fr. bellum war. See {Duel}.]
Inclined to war or contention; warlike; pugnacious.

      Arnold was, in fact, in a bellicose vein. --W. Irving.

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