The adjective belligerent comes from the Latin root “bellum” and means war. It is used in actions related to war, that is, they are aggressive or bellicose attitudes in which the army faces the other with determination.
The military origin of this term does not mean that this adjective can be used exclusively in a military context. In fact, when we say that someone has a belligerent stance, it means that they enjoy controversy, as well as defending their ideas with vigor and intensity.
There are many words related to war that apply in everyday language in any type of context or situation: rearguard, vanguard , patrol, among others. There are many common expressions that have a military meaning. In the case of football, when speaking of “defensive barrier”, the top scorer is synonymous with the goalscorer or “shooting the goalkeeper”. Therefore, we see that the language of war is part of our communication .
The word belligerent is also used as an adjective to express a combative attitude, which does not mean that it is something negative
In fact, the term positive belligerence indicates an intense, proactive and committed position, in this sense, it indicates non-neutrality in relation to a problematic situation.
The term belligerent when used can have a negative sense (aggressive) or as something positive, that is, energetic, fighting and decisive. It is the context that determines the meaning of the word belligerent.
International law classifies a nation as belligerent when it adopts a position contrary to the interests of the other
There are several historical cases in which a nation receives the status of belligerent. When the former Spanish colonies in America rebelled against Spain, the United States granted them the status of belligerent nations, as they had not yet achieved independence, but were trying to conquer it. On occasion, the term belligerent is used to describe a group or faction that acts against common interests.
Anyone who claims to have a belligerent position has a commitment to something. It could be said that there is a vitality and energy component to using this word.
Belligerent has several antonyms: quiet, effaced, quiet, moderate, apathetic, or phlegmatic. Thus, belligerent would be the opposite of indifference.
Finally, it should be noted that there is also a non-belligerent stance. It is one that remains neutral, passive and does not enter into conflict , whether between people, entities or nations.