bel·​lig·​er·​en·​cy | \ bə-ˈlij-rən(t)-sē How to pronounce belligerency (audio) , -ˈli-jə- \

Definition of belligerency

1 : the state of being at war or in conflict specifically : the status of a legally recognized belligerent state or nation

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Recent Examples on the Web What Flake doesn’t get is that Trump’s culture war belligerency is the first time many GOP voters feel the party is doing something for them. Jonathan Tamari,, "'The litmus test is loyalty to an individual.' How Trump has reshaped the GOP," 27 Oct. 2017 This is also the right time to demonstrate to North Korea that we will not be intimidated or blackmailed by Pyongyang's belligerency., "Trump needs a real North Korea strategy, fast," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of belligerency

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Belligerency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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bel·​lig·​er·​en·​cy | \ bə-ˈli-jə-rən-sē How to pronounce belligerency (audio) \

Legal Definition of belligerency

: the state of being at war or in conflict specifically : the status whereby a recognized military force is granted the protection of the international laws of war

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