Belligerency

By Maggie McGonagle

The Base - Belligerent

Belligerent is an adjective defined as "angry and aggressive." - Merriam-Webster


Belligerent is used to describe someone or something showing aggression or a readiness to fight. An example sentence using the word "belligerent" could be, "His clearly hostile and belligerent attitude after loosing the game made it clear that he was not a good sport."

The Suffix - Cy

The suffix cy is defined as "the state, condition, or quality."


Belligerent + cy = Belligerency

How the Suffix Changes the Base

When the suffix, cy, is added to the adjective belligerent, belligerent becomes a noun, belligerency.


Belligerency is the state of being belligerent, or the state of being aggressive and hostile. It is no longer used as an adjective, now it is a noun. Here is an example: "His state of belligerency after loosing the game made it clear that he was not a good sport." Now belligerent has been changed to stand on its own as a noun, instead of being used as an adjective to describe his attitude.