Word of the Day: Bellicose

Bellicose [Adjective]


“Pugnacious, warlike”

(Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

Bellicose, from the Latin bellum meaning “war,” is an adjective used to describe someone or something that is warlike, quarrelsome, or eager to fight.

In a sentence:

“Ariel Sharon is a bellicose man who seemed to be chomping at the bit to start a war.”

– Ronald Reagan

From Our Library:

  • The character Hotspur from The Rise of Hal King represents what it means to be bellicose. He is hot tempered and argumentative, ready at any moment to draw his gun or let loose his fist.
  • Cute Diplomacy‘s female lead character swears she’s never been defeated and won’t back down unless her opponent, the bully Chad, surrenders first.

From Around the Web

  • Bellicose is a popular fan character based on Cartoon Network’s Powerpuff Girls.
  • Founded in1983, Bellicose is a heavy metal band based in Dallas, Texas, with influences from Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Eddie Money, AC/DC, KISS, and Dio.

Things to Do:

  • Use the word bellicose in a conversation with someone today.
  • Use the word bellicose correctly in a sentence.
  • Create, describe, portray, or otherwise demonstrate what it means for someone or something to be bellicose. Any medium or style is welcome! However, for our prose writers, setting a goal between 500 and 1500 words would probably be about right.
  • Consider: Is it ever appropriate to be bellicose? Why or why not?

Bellicose (Funk & Wagnalls)

(Image Credit: Funk & Wagnalls)

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(Roggen Wulf, 2015)



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