warlike

adjective war·like \ ˈwȯr-ˌlīk \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of warlike

1 obsolete : ready for war : equipped to fight
2 : fit for, disposed to, or fond of war : bellicose
  • a warlike people
3 : of, relating to, or useful in war
  • warlike preparations
4 : befitting or characteristic of war or a soldier
  • warlike cries

Examples of warlike in a Sentence

  1. The government has been criticized for its warlike attitude.

  2. a seafarer's legend that the remote island was inhabited by a warlike and uncivilized tribe

Recent Examples of warlike from the Web

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First Known Use of warlike

15th century


WARLIKE Defined for English Language Learners

warlike

adjective

Definition of warlike for English Language Learners

  • : liking or tending to fight in wars or to start wars

  • : showing or suggesting that a country, group, etc., is ready or eager to fight a war

  • : of, relating to, or useful in war


WARLIKE Defined for Kids

warlike

adjective war·like \ ˈwȯr-ˌlīk \

Definition of warlike for Students

1 : fond of war
  • warlike people
2 : fit for or characteristic of war
  • warlike aggression


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