belli-, bell-

(Latin: war; fight, fighting)

War too often takes many lives and is excessively destructive

Too many wars have been fought and too much blood has been shed and terrible wide-spread suffering has resulted; however; sometimes, it is the only means of stopping aggressive attacks by inhumane leaders!

—Compiled from information located at
Words Come in Families by Edward Horowitz, Ph.D.;
Hart Publishing Company, Inc.; New York; 1977; page 24.
1. Participating in an organized resistance to a constituted government.
2. Opposing or defying authority, accepted moral codes, or social conventions.
1. A reference to armed resistance to an established government or ruler.
2. Characterized by defiance of authority or control.
3. With design to throw off the authority of a legitimate government; in opposition to the government, to which one is bound by allegiance; with violent or obstinate disobedience to lawful authority.
1. An intentionally contemptuous behavior or attitude.
2. If a group of people show signs of rebelliousness, it means that they oppose the ideas of the people in authority and plan to change the system, often using force (if they feel it is necessary).
1. To have an enjoyable time in the company of others, especially at a party.
2. An uproarious party or celebration.
3. A boisterous festivity or celebration; merrymaking.
4. Etymology: "riotous merry-making" is from Old French revel, from reveler, "to be disorderly, to make merry"; from Latin rebellare, "to rebel"; from bellum, "war".
1. Unrestrained merrymaking; lively enjoyment or celebration.
2. Boisterous merrymaking; that is, to dance, drink, sing, etc. at a party or in public; especially, in a noisy way.
Si vis pacem para bellum.
If you want peace, prepare for war.

A traditional justification for an arms buildup, from Vegetius, a fifth-century Roman military writer, in his Epitoma Rei Militaris.

status quo ante bellum
The previous position before the war.

Commonly used in international dealings to indicate that there is to be a return to an earlier state of affairs that existed before a war.

Related "war, war-like" or "battle" word units: areo-; -machy; milit-.