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adjective     /bəˈlɪdʒ.ər.ənt/ US  /-ɚ-/
disapproving wishing to fight or argue: a belligerent person a belligerent gesture Watch out! Lee's in a belligerent mood.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly formal fighting a war: The belligerent countries are having difficulties funding the war.War belligerence     /-əns/ noun [U] (also belligerency,   /-ənsi/   ) I can't stand his belligerence (= his wish to argue with people all the time).Not being friendlyNot saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourArguments and disagreements belligerently     /-li/ adverb
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