Adjective "warlike" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Disposed towards or threatening war; hostile.
  1. 'Our country's first-hand experience with the reality of warlike violence will prove, in the end, our best leverage against engaging in yet another senseless bloodbath.'
  2. 'France had been conquered in less than six weeks, America didn't like getting involved in world affairs, and Japan was a warlike nation hell-bent on conquest.'
  3. '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.'
  4. 'Forte is like a man with breasts, aggressive and warlike but somehow gentle.'
  5. 'The president's inaugural address, in talking about universal freedom, talks about all sorts of possibilities for this country, not just warlike ones but peaceful ones.'
  6. 'The next morning it became clear that Ireland was in the grip of a warlike state of national emergency.'
  7. 'The obvious choice is North Korea, an aggressive and warlike nation ruled by a mad and brutal dictator known for supporting terror and building weapons of mass destruction.'
  8. 'Tacitus described them as a strong and warlike nation, and for ten years or more the Romans fought to contain rather than conquer them.'
  9. 'Once the forbidding territory of the warlike Mackenzie clan, the estate land was acquired in the 19th century by the Earl of Zetland, who later sold most of it to the Whitbread brewing family.'
  10. 'China's prime minister did not mention the warlike tension between India and Pakistan as he was welcomed to New Delhi yesterday, making the first State visit by a Chinese leader in more than a decade.'
  11. 'warlike preparations could be made quickly'
  12. 'I do think that we have to take action, warlike action on those who've taken action on us, because the action on the United States was an act of war.'
  13. 'The secretive machinery set up to serve warlike purposes still patterns much of our research and innovation processes today, even purely civilian work.'
  14. 'They recognise the service of non-infantry regular and reserve personnel who were assigned to a combat team and participate in war fighting against an armed enemy on warlike operations.'
  15. 'America's warlike policies, applauded in the Reichstag, are not only directed against foes abroad but also at home.'
  16. 'Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land.'
  17. 'The actual reasons for the country's belligerence are its desire to control Middle Eastern oil, bolster the warlike strategy of their allies and distract the public from domestic issues.'
  18. 'Personnel are not to travel to countries where there are warlike operations either with or without Australian Defence Force involvement.'


1. fit, qualified, or ready for war; martial: a warlike fleet; warlike tribes.

2. threatening or indicating war: a warlike tone.

3. of or relating to war: a warlike expedition.

More examples(as adjective)

"images can be warlike with additions."

"people can be warlike."

"tribes can be warlike."

"spirits can be warlike."

"preparations can be warlike."

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