43. BELLICOSE Meaning –  Eager to fight. Synonyms – Aggressive, hostile, quarrelsome, warlike, belligerent, combative. Antonyms – peaceable, peaceful, non-aggressive, nonbelligerent. Usage – Both countries have stepped up their bellicose rhetoric. The general made some bellicose statements about his country’s military strength. PREVIOUS: B List 42. Belittle INDEX NEXT: B List 44. Bemoan