Etymology: late ME < L bellicōsus, equiv. to bellic(us) pertaining to war (bell(um) war + -icus -ic) + -ōsus -ose]
1. Inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.
"John McCain's bellicose tendencies should be enough to scare off most intelligent voters."
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008