The state of being at war or being engaged in a warlike conflict.(noun)
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Use "belligerency" in a sentence
"Unprivileged belligerency is not a violation of the law of war for Omar Khadr any more than it would be for you to fight against an invading army to protect your home and family."
"That's why I think the focus on "lawful belligerency" is helpful."
"McCain by the way consistently mentions Israel in the context of Iran, placing it front and center in his narrative of belligerency, which is interesting given that this approach is something that the Israelis themselves seek to discourage."