Word of the Week (WOW) – Bellicose


Word of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. It’s a fun way to improve vocabulary by learning new words every week.

To participate, simply do a post with your word and leave the link to it as a comment on Heena’s WOW post.

Here is my WOW for this week:


Word: Bellicose

Part of Speech: Adjective

(Adverb: Bellicosely.  Noun: Bellicosity)

 Pronunciation: bel – i – kohs  (bel.ɪ.kəʊs)


Demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.


aggressive, hostile, threatening, antagonastic, trucculent, confrontational, argumentative, pugnacious, quarrelsome, belligerent, militant, combatative

British informal: stroppy, bolshie

N. American informal: strappy


peaceable, non-aggressive, non-belligerent, incombatative, uncontentious 

Word Origin:  Late Middle English (1400 – 1450) from the Latin bellicosus (from bellum, meaning pertaining to war).

Use in a sentence: 

1. The fans had their say again and attitudes were conversational rather than bellicose and confrontational.

2. The warrior’s words were strident and bellicose.


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20 thoughts on “Word of the Week (WOW) – Bellicose

    1. Thank you, Ann. I’m just about to go onto my Reader and try to do some serious catching up. I’ll be very interested to see your post now. You have me intrigued.

      1. She has been an armored child since her Father, in whom he made her his Princess, dumped her andcrancto another State with a psychopath. (Heart armored) she was the sweetest child. I only hope and pray that that child will some day return.
        You see, I AM on a healing visit here. I’m ready, it’s ok.

      2. I, too, hope your daughter one day heals from all the hurt she suffered. You also seem to have had more that your fair share of unhappiness. Good to know you’re on the pathway to healing now.

    1. Pugnacious is one of the word’s many synonyms, which I’ve listed on my post. I like that word, too, and have probably used it more ofetn than Bellicose. Thank you for your comment, Alexander. 🙂

    1. I’m really pleased you’re going to do this challenge, Amanda. I’ve just noticed your first word and that you haven’t linked it to Heena’s post. She puts a new word up every Sunday and when we do our word we put a link to it in Heena’s comment section, just to say we’ve posted and so anyone can follow the link from her page. I hope that makes sense! Millie.

  1. Something that has always fascinated me is the analogy among words in different languages. This word is quite similar in french (male: belliqueux) italian (male:bellicoso) and spanish (male: belicoso) !, In German? kriegerisch :P~ best wishes. Aquileana 😉

    1. Hello, Aquileana. Thank you for that excellent comment about my word this week. You are evidently a scholar of languages as well as ancient Greece and Greek mythology! Best wishes to you, too. 🙂

    1. Thank you, heena, I’m glad you like it. I’ve decided to go through the alphabet with my words, if that’s OK with you. So I’ll be doing a ‘C’ word next week.

      1. You’re welcome dear! And please don’t make me feel bad by asking! Just do whatever you want to with this meme to make it more fun! In fact I’ll also try and do it… It’ll make this meme more interesting! Great idea Millie! 🙂
        Have a great day! 🙂

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