Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


All the belligerents seem to be treading on the toes of Greece.

Has England considered Napper Tandy and his aids as belligerents?

Her cause must be dissociated from that of the belligerents.

So far, not a word had been exchanged between the belligerents.

Its percentage in dead and wounded will never be obtained by any of the belligerents.

There is no power in the Executive to prevent the sale of ammunition to the belligerents.

All the belligerents have had practical and substantial aims in view.

Without making any reply, both of the belligerents followed me forward.

Ten nations were represented, including all the belligerents.

On March 25, 1823, Canning recognised the Greeks as belligerents.


1570s, from Latin belligerantem (nominative belligerans), past participle of belligerare "to wage war," from bellum "war" (see bellicose) + gerere "to bear, to carry" (see gest). The noun meaning "party or nation at war" is from 1811. Related: Belligerently.