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Definition of "warlike" []

  • Belligerent; hostile. (adjective)
  • Of or relating to war; martial. (adjective)
  • Indicative of or threatening war. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "warlike" in a sentence
  • "Lakhdar Boumediene himself, for example, was seized while completely unarmed and not engaged in warlike acts in Bosnia based on intelligence that implicated him in planning to bomb an embassy."
  • "At earliest dawn on September 16 our whole Brigade, preceded by a squadron of Bengal Lancers, marched in warlike formation into the Mamund Valley and was soon widely spread over its extensive area."
  • "The welfare of the tribe or of the nation has clearly depended in warlike ages on the number of adult males capable of bearing arms that it could mobilise for every tribal or national emergency."