a country or condition named carrying on war a person engaged in warfare
- Waging war carrying on war
- involved with war
- characteristic of an enemy or one wanting to combat
- someone who battles (or perhaps is fighting)
- Waging war; carrying-on war.
- Pertaining, or tending, to war; of or concerning belligerents; because, a belligerent tone; belligerent legal rights.
- A nation or state named carrying on war; a person engaged in warfare.
In international legislation. A term familiar with designate either of two countries that are in fact in a situation of war together, also their particular allies definitely cooperating; as distinguished from a nation which takes no part in the war and preserves a strict indifference as amongst the contending events, called a "neutral." U. S. v. The Ambrose Light (D. C.) 25 Fed. 412; Johnson v. Jones, 44 111. 151, 92 Am. Dec. 159.
1570s, from Latin belligerantem (nominative belligerans), previous participle of belligerare "to wage war," from bellum "war" (see bellicose) + gerere "to bear, to transport" (see gest). The noun meaning "party or nation at war" is from 1811. Associated: Belligerently.
(p. pr.) Waging war; carrying on war.
- (p. pr.) Pertaining, or tending, to war; of or relating to belligerents; because, a belligerent tone; belligerent rights.
- (letter.) A nation or state thought to be carrying-on war; people engaged in warfare.
Pietersen was also fortunate during a typically belligerent conversation that Flintoff would have a declaration to mull over.