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belligerency

the state of carrying on war.
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When Dave was shown into the private office, he was still in the belligerent frame of mind, but when he saw a large fair man whirl in a revolving chair from dictating to a stenographer to face him, Dave's demeanor abruptly changed.
She had signaled us to stop, and our skipper had ignored the order; but now she had her gun trained on us, and the second shot grazed the cabin, warning the belligerent tug-captain that it was time to obey.
No whimper, nor sound, nor sign of fear, came from Jerry--only choking growls of ferociousness, intermingled with snarls of anger, and a belligerent up-clawing of hind-legs.
In truth, it was raining cats and dogs, such belligerent shower all unprovoked by him who had picked no quarrels nor even been aware of his enemies until they assailed him.
Summary: Islamabad [Pakistan], Aug 17 (ANI): Pakistan on Saturday said the "substance and timing" of Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's statement on the possible change in India's 'no first use' policy of nuclear weapons is "highly unfortunate" and "reflective of India's irresponsible and belligerent behaviour."
After restricting Al-Rehman to a modest 117-8, Rangoonwala blazed their way to victory in only 7.4 overs on the back of belligerent knocks from Bahadur Ali (60 off 25 balls, five sixes and six fours) and Bismillah Khan (55 off 23, five sixes and four fours) by reaching 120 without loss.
Talking to media in Sukkur, the minister regretted that the Indian posture is so belligerent that even the Indian cricket players are wearing caps of their army during matches.
India on the contrary had adopted a belligerent posture that even its cricket players were wearing caps of their army while playing matches, he said while talking to media-persons here.
A 12-member DuPage County jury will decide today whether Myron Ester murdered his girlfriend in a planned attack over infidelity or whether Ester was defending himself against a belligerent and intoxicated Linda Valez during a romantic night gone bad.
Islamabad -- Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday criticising the Indian army chief for his belligerent statements and said the officer needs to exercise restraint and 'should think before speaking'.
Investigating Civilian Casualties in Time of Armed Conflict and Belligerent Occupation: Manoeuvring Between Legal Regimes and Paradigms for the Use of Force
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI wins his 100th cap tonight and the Bayern Munich ace will hope to put 'belligerent' Ireland to the sword.