Definition of warlike
- a warlike people
- warlike preparations
- warlike cries
The government has been criticized for its warlike attitude.
a seafarer's legend that the remote island was inhabited by a warlike and uncivilized tribe
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aggressive, argumentative, assaultive, bellicose, belligerent, brawly, combative, confrontational, contentious, discordant, disputatious, feisty, gladiatorial, militant, pugnacious, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent;
affable, amiable, amicable, benevolent, complaisant, conciliatory, cordial, easygoing, friendly, genial, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious, ingratiating, kindhearted, obliging, pleasant, sociable;
acidic, bearish, bilious, bristly, choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, disagreeable, dyspeptic, fractious, fretful, grouchy, grumpy, huffy, ill-humored, ill-natured, ill-tempered, irascible, irritable, ornery, peevish, pettish, petulant, prickly, querulous, rude, snappish, snappy, surly, testy, touchy, ugly, waspish;
on the warpath;
: 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
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