adj- having a strong tendency to argue and fight
Sounds like: bell ledger rent
Picture: The landlord is standing at your door, holding his rent ledger and ringing a large bell. By the time you open the door, he's rung the bell three more times. "Where's your rent?" he asks angrily, waving his ledger in the air. "It was due and hour ago. I'm going to stand here and ring this bell and wave this ledger until I have your rent. And if you don't like it, you can just step outside and I'll punch you so hard you won't remember to say ouch. Come on out here, you miserable lowlife deadbeat!"
Other forms: belligerence (n); belligerently (adv)
Note: the root "belli" has to do with fighting or war. Connect this word with "bellicose," which has almos the same meaning.
- Sentence: The angry customer's belligerence made it hard for the saleswoman to remain polite.