Definition of warlike in English:

warlike

adjective

  • 1Disposed towards or threatening war; hostile.

    ‘a warlike clan’
    • ‘When he assumed power in 27 BC, Augustus was confronted with the problem of subduing the Alpine region, whose warlike tribes threatened the communications between Italy and Gaul.’
    • ‘Once the forbidding territory of the warlike Mackenzie clan, the estate land was acquired in the 19th century by the Earl of Zetland.’
    • ‘Some of the warlike clans among the Irish were constantly engaging the British along the border of the Pale.’
    • ‘Political leaders were more honest about the warlike nature of nations a hundred years ago.’
    • ‘Tacitus described them as a strong and warlike nation.’
    • ‘They are large, muscular people, with a warlike and aggressive culture.’
    • ‘As an island nation, and at times a pretty warlike one, it should come as no real surprise to find that Britain has some of the finest and most dramatic coastal castles and fortifications in the world.’
    • ‘According to the historian, Western Europe during the so-called Age of Faith was the most warlike civilization on earth.’
    • ‘The president's inaugural address talks about all sorts of possibilities for this country, not just warlike ones but peaceful ones.’
    • ‘To be sure, the acts of that day had a warlike aspect.’
    aggressive, belligerent, warmongering, warring, bellicose, pugnacious, combative, bloodthirsty, hawkish, gung-ho, jingoistic, sabre-rattling
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    1. 1.1(of plans, preparations, or munitions) directed towards or prepared for war.
      ‘warlike preparations could be made quickly’
      • ‘They made warlike preparations and decided to strike at the first opportunity.’
      • ‘Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land.’
      • ‘It can no longer present its warlike policies as being in accordance with the political will of the whole nation.’
      • ‘The loser, laying aside all warlike intentions, will have to retire to the forest with his party forever.’
      • ‘The industrial forces are opposed to the warlike policy of the present Prime Minister.’
      • ‘The country's warlike policies are not only directed against foes abroad but also at home.’
      • ‘The secretive machinery set up to serve warlike purposes still patterns much of our research and innovation processes today.’
      • ‘The Government has decided the nature of service for Operation Falconer is warlike for the purpose of conditions of service entitlements.’
      • ‘Personnel are not to travel to countries where there are warlike operations.’
      • ‘He was awarded a distinguished performance of duties in warlike operations.’
      • ‘I do think that we have to take action, warlike action on those who've taken action on us.’

Pronunciation

warlike

/ˈwɔːlʌɪk/