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Word + Quiz: bellicose

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: having or showing a ready disposition to fight

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The word bellicose has appeared in 72 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Dec. 20 in “Nepal Falls Into Political Turmoil. China and India Are Watching” by Bhadra Sharma:

The political turbulence in Nepal is taking place amid rising tensions between China and India, its two powerful and increasingly bellicose neighbors. Their rivalry has intensified as China has made increasingly forceful claims toward disputed land along their rugged border in the Himalayas.

Those tensions came to a boil in June, when unarmed troops from both countries clashed in violence that killed 20 Indian soldiers and an undisclosed number on the Chinese side. Though the two sides have pledged to ease tensions, the rivalry could provide an opportunity for the United States to build stronger ties with India once Joseph R. Biden assumes the presidency, possibly giving it a greater role in American efforts to check China’s moves to increase its sway in the region.

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