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.


If you would like to check out more interesting words then visit Heena’s page:

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About milliethom

I am a reader and writer of historical fiction with a keen interest in the Earth's history and all it involves, both physically and socially. I like nothing better than to be outdoors, especially in faraway places, and baking is something I do when my eyes need respite from my computer screen.
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20 Responses to Word of the Week (WOW) – Bellicose

  1. Ann Koplow says:

    Millie! I love this post, and not just because it fits well with my post today. Thank you!

  2. EarthSprout says:

    Thanks for discribing my daughter😬. Great word!!

    • milliethom says:

      I’m not sure whether to laugh at that or not! Does your daughter wear armour as well? Thanks for the great comment, Ahhsioux. 🙂

      • EarthSprout says:

        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.

      • milliethom says:

        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.

  3. Your WOW brought to mind one of its “cousins”: pugnacious…

    • milliethom says:

      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. 🙂

  4. It is a great word, and we have just rid ourselves of a bellicose politician in our state! But like you, I think pugnacious sounds better. Better visual imagery, of a hostile pug dog!!

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    • milliethom says:

      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.

  6. Aquileana says:

    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 😉

    • milliethom says:

      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. 🙂

  7. Great word Millie! I can use it in quite a few posts! thanks for sharing and also for participating 🙂
    Have a great day!

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