Defensive vs Bellicose - What's the difference?

defensive | bellicose |


As adjectives the difference between defensive and bellicose

is that defensive is while bellicose is warlike in nature; aggressive; hostile.

defensive

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • Intended for defence; protective.
  • a defensive perimeter
  • Intended to deter attack.
  • a defensive missile system
  • Performed so as to minimise risk.
  • defensive driving
  • Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism.
  • (cricket) Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to prevent the other side from scoring runs; of a batting tactic designed to prevent being out.
  • (sports) Pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=September 2 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Bulgaria 0-3 England , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The Italian opted for Bolton's Cahill alongside captain John Terry - and his decision was rewarded with a goal after only 13 minutes. Bulgaria gave a hint of defensive frailties to come when they failed to clear Young's corner, and when Gareth Barry found Cahill in the box he applied the finish past Nikolay Mihaylov.}}
  • In a state or posture of defense.
  • (Milton)

    Antonyms

    * offensive

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A means, attitude or position of defense.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2007, date=May 26, author=Julia Werdigier, title=Consolidating the Banks of Europe, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=Such kinds of defensives are really rather protecting the local companies than the consumers. }}

    bellicose

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Warlike in nature; aggressive; hostile.
  • * 12 July 2012 , Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
  • The core Ice Age cast—wooly mammoth Manny (Ray Romano), sabertooth tiger Diego (Denis Leary), and sloth Sid (John Leguizamo)—are set adrift, sailing the high seas on a chunk of ice until they collide with a bellicose primate (Peter Dinklage).
  • Showing or having the impulse to be combative.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * pacific