bellicose | bellicoseness | bellicosity

Exam frequency

GRE

high

Banks

high

Civil Services

high

Meaning(s)

aggressive and eager to fight

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bellicose - aggressive

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Somebody who is ‘bellicose’ routinely engages in aggressive actions and behaviour that are likely to cause an argument or fight. Despite its meaning, it is not always used in a negative way. In the cut-throat world of business, for example, a bellicose nature can sometimes be an advantage, though it is unlikely to win you many friends.

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Synonyms combative,pugnacious
Antonyms pacifist

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  1. The President made a bellicose statement threatening military action if specific demands were not met.

  2. In business, Sarah’s bellicoseness can be an asset sometimes, but it also means that she easily antagonizes people.

  3. Due to his bellicosity towards the rival company, our CEO will never even countenance entering into a deal with them.

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