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"belligerent" in British English

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belligerentadjective

uk   /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. formal fighting a ​war: The belligerent ​countries are having difficulties ​funding the ​war.
belligerence
noun [U] uk   us   /-əns/ (also belligerency, uk   /-ənsi/ us   )
I can't ​stand his belligerence (= his ​wish to ​argue with ​people all the ​time).
belligerently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
(Definition of belligerent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"belligerent" in American English

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belligerentadjective

 us   /bəˈlɪdʒ·ər·ənt/
eager to ​fight or ​argue: She was so belligerent that I gave up ​trying to ​explain.
belligerence
noun [U]  us   /bəˈlɪdʒ·ər·əns/
(Definition of belligerent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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