Inclined to war or contention warlike pugnacious
- having or showing a ready disposition to fight
- Inclined to war or contention; warlike; pugnacious.
early 15c., "warlike," from Latin bellicosus "warlike, valorous, given to fighting," from bellicus "of war," from bellum "war," Old Latin duellum, dvellum, which is of unsure origin.
(a.) Inclined to war or assertion; warlike; pugnacious.
He is said to have remarked with an oath after Jena that he would make the Spanish Bourbons pay for their recent bellicose proclamation.