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bellicose (BEL-i-kos) adjective

Inclined to fight.

[From Latin bellicosus, from bellicus (of war), from bellum (war).]

"It is clearly irrational for Pyongyang to beg for better ties with ideological enemies like the United States and Japan, while maintaining a bellicose attitude toward its compatriot South, shunning dialogue with Seoul, and yet seeking assistance from southern-based private businesses and civic groups." Accord on Inter-Korean Summit; The Korea Times (Seoul, South Korea); Apr 10, 2000.

"It is not the first time that this warlord has issued such an ultimatum. In l992 -- at the triumph by the Kikuyu-Luo-led multi-party crusade Mr. Lotodo issued bellicose warnings to the Kikuyu in his tribal principality to scram or face death." Philip Ochieng; This Minister Makes Moi Look Very Bad; The Nation (Nairobi, Kenya), Dec 26, 1999.

This week's theme: words with origins in war.


My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad. -Olive Schreiner, author (1855-1920)

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