Someone or something bellicose is eager to fight or ready to start a disagreement.
BELL ick ose
Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like "large" or "late."
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in "a bellicose warning."
2. After a linking verb, as in "The warning was bellicose.")
How to use it:
Because we've overused "belligerent" and applied it to comments and facial expressions that are just barely hostile, "bellicose" is a good alternative that retains all its strength. Use it to describe words, actions, and people that are warlike, ready to leap into a fight, or eager to start a fierce argument.
Talk about bellicose words and threats and warnings, bellicose looks and movements and attitudes, bellicose leaders or speakers or coaches, etc.
It's been an exhausting election season, filled with bellicose rhetoric.
Regular Star Trek fans can tell you about that universe's most bellicose race, the Klingons. And die-hard Star Trek fans can speak to you in the bellicose Klingon language, in which everything sounds like "K'JUK!!"
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "bellicose" means when you can explain it without saying "eager to fight" or "ready to battle."
Think of something that angers you the most, and fill in the blanks: "_____ annoys me, but _____ makes me downright bellicose."
Example: "People who cut in line annoy me, but customers who berate the cashier for no good reason make me downright bellicose."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
We're playing with clichés this month, examining the origins of some colorful ones. I’ll give you a cliché (some of which you might also call a proverb and/or an idiom) and pose a multiple-choice question about its origin. (I used this nifty book as a reference!)
Yesterday's question: If you “can’t hit the broad side of a barn,” then your aim is awful. Did this phrase become cliché thanks to archery, baseball, or darts?
Answer: Baseball. It was a popular way to talk smack about the pitchers.
Try this one today: When you express how little you care about something by saying you “don’t give a rap for it” or “don’t care a rap for it,” is the “rap” a reference to a broken toy, a fake coin, or an expired coupon?
A Point Well Made:
William Jennings Bryan: “Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.”
1. The opposite of BELLICOSE is
2. He shocked us with his bellicose announcement that _____.
A. he'd won the lottery B. everyone else's chili was for sissies
C. his entire apartment building had burned down
Answers are below.
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