bellicose bellicose  /ˈbɛ lə ˌkoʊs/


  • (adj) having or showing a ready disposition to fight



  1. While Obama moves elegantly through the Middle East, the pillars of McCain's bellicose regional policy are collapsing.
  2. Falwell's bellicose entry into the South Africa tangle produced an unholy uproar.
  3. But something new did arise at Nordic Fest this year: bellicose talk and plans of action against illegal immigrants.


  1. Ethiopia dismisses Egypt's "psychological warfare" on dam

    By Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia dismissed Egyptian talk of military action against a giant dam it is building on the Nile as "psychological warfare", and said on Tuesday it would defend itself and carry on with the work regardless. Bellicose rhetoric between two of Africa's most populous and fastest-growing nations has raised fears of conflict over water, though both sides are ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. China tightening trade with North Korea

    Beijing may be slowing the influx of North Korean workers across the country's border as a way to signal its frustration with Pyongyang's bellicose talk and nuclear tests, experts say. TUMEN, China — In a concrete building on the northern edge of this city across the border from North Korea, young pony-tailed women wearing hoodies sew sportswear.        
    on June 8, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times


  1. Rice said the system would "make it more difficult for Iran to threaten, be bellicose and say terrible things."
    on Jul 10, 2008 By: Condoleezza Rice Source: AFP

  2. Tehran "seeks to intimidate its neighbours with missiles and bellicose rhetoric," Bush said in Abu Dhabi.
    on Jan 13, 2008 By: President Bush Source: The Australian

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