bellicosity bellicosity

Definition(s):

  • (n) a natural disposition to fight

Usage(s):

  1. Neoconservatism in foreign policy is best described as unilateral bellicosity cloaked in the utopian rhetoric of freedom and democracy.
  2. Disdain for the governor's bellicosity was the one thing that united both parties in New York's fractious state government.
  3. His brimstone bellicosity about the war in Iraq is unmatched by any of his fellow candidates and unwarranted by reality.

News

  • Is it bullying? Depends which side says it

    Everyone knows by now that the governor (and possible presidential contender) can be a hothead. Some have called him a bully. Even if you think that's too strong, it's undeniable that a trace of bellicosity has been important to what the professionals like to call his "brand."
    on January 21, 2014     Source: Washington Examiner

Quotes

  1. Gates recalled another history lesson, that of August 1914, the beginning of World War I, where "a combination of miscalculation, hubris, bellicosity, fear of"
    on Sep 25, 2008 By: Robert Gates Source: Salt Lake Tribune

  2. "The president continues to warn that we are a nation at grave risk of terrorist attacks, but he failed to request a single dime for homeland security priorities. The American people are sick and tired of Bush administration bellicosity. The White...
    on Mar 23, 2007 By: Robert Byrd Source: FOXNews

  3. "But he did it in a way that no other person had done," Wills says. "Instead of ratcheting up animosity, building up bellicosity, he ratcheted it down. He said in war 'everybody does things wrong. Every war has pillage and rape and senseless...
    on Feb 15, 2008 By: Garry Wills Source: Voice of America

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