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Sep 4, 2003
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Words with origins in war

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nom de guerre
casus belli

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(BEL-i-kos) Pronunciation

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); 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.


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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