- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||easily incited to quarrel or fight; belligerent.
The bellicose neighbors had been fighting over their borderlands for decades.
- amicable, pacific, peaceable
- similar words:
- belligerent, martial, truculent
||displaying an eagerness to fight.
Bellicose statements were hurled by each side, but there was no real fight.
- belligerent, hostile
- amicable, friendly, mollifying
||aggressive, choleric, inimical, militant, quarrelsome, turbulent
||bellicosely (adv.), bellicoseness (n.), bellicosity (n.)
The word bellicose
contains the following parts:
that means war
that means having many or much of; tending toward
More about this word part:
Adjectives ending in -ose1
were borrowed as whole words from Latin, where the suffix was -osus. The suffix -ose1
is therefore always attached to a bound Latin root. Most adjectives ending in -ose1
have a corresponding noun form ending in -ity (verbose
: verbosity). See -osity