Examples of belligerence in a Sentence
The result is “Rebirth of a Nation,” a fascinating cultural history that locates the origins of Bush-era belligerence in the anxieties and modernizing impulses of the late 19th century. —“American Macho” P. 17, Beverly Gage, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, June 14, 2009
“We’re never going to play without a heavyweight [because] I need to provide a fear-free environment for my skill guys,” says Brian Burke, Anaheim’s G.M. “But the main reason we have a lot of fighting majors is that we’re committed to a style that leads to [fights]. We prize contact. If you forecheck and bang like we do, sometimes [opponents] turn around and you have to answer the bell. I won’t apologize for that ... In our bottom six forwards, we look for the requisite level of pugnacity, truculence, belligerence, hostility and testosterone.” —“More Than a Big Stick” P. 63, Karl Taro Greenfeld, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Vol. 106 No. 6, February 12, 2007
Recent Examples of belligerence from the Web
This newspaper would welcome an end to Iranian belligerence and to the regime itself, but a wish based on a hunch is not a policy.
In a pair of victory speeches, Mr Erdogan lurched from offers of dialogue to displays of belligerence.
But if 2017 was a year of extreme belligerence from the North Korean leader, the first six months of 2018 have been the personification of the Pyongyang charm offensive.
Those symptoms include belligerence, anxiety and paranoia—all of which could make one more likely to commit a crime.
Within days of Trump’s election, Mexican political analysts were predicting that his open belligerence toward Mexico would encourage political resistance.
And the lawless belligerence with which Trump has approached trade protectionism has no modern precedent.
Outraged by the army’s belligerence, a group of Kachin youths held protests in Myitkyina.
Co-belligerence is the activity of Christians working with non-Christians for a common political, economic or cultural cause.
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Did You Know?
Unlike bellicose and bellicosity, the word belligerence can be used at every level from the personal to the global. The belligerence of Marlon Brando's performances as the violent Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire electrified the country in the 1940s and '50s. At the same time, belligerent speeches by leaders of the Soviet Union and the United States throughout the Cold War were keeping the world on edge. Belligerent is even a noun; the terrible war in the Congo in recent years, for example, has involved seven nations as belligerents.
aggression, aggressiveness, assaultiveness, bellicosity, belligerency, combativeness, contentiousness, defiance, disputatiousness, feistiness, fight, militance, militancy, militantness, pugnacity, quarrelsomeness, scrappiness, truculence;
acidity, biliousness, captiousness, crankiness, crossness, disagreeableness, fractiousness, fretfulness, grouchiness, grumpiness, huffiness, irascibility, irascibleness, irritability, irritableness, orneriness, peevishness, pettishness, petulance, querulousness, rudeness, surliness, testiness, waspishness;
chip on one's shoulder;
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