War and violence are undeniable tendencies of human nature. The feelings violence incites are very basic and primal, often causing us to forget our complete selves in place of a more reactive instinct.
Often, violence causes us to think quickly and use very basic or even profane words. Using more descriptive words in place of more vulgar words when possible will immediately cause you to stand out among your peers.
Definition: Prone to war-like behavior, displaying hostile behaviors.
Example: The empire sought to supplant the bellicose regime with a more cooperative, peaceful hegemony.
Connotation: The user of this word typically intends to imply that caution would be taken with the bellicose individual or party in question.
Definition: To completely destroy, to annihilate.
Example: The military target was eradicated.
Connotation: An impersonal word, this can describe mass killing and destruction somewhat cleanly. It can apply to living or non-living targets.
Definition: Meaning violent and ill intent toward another person or party.
Example: The hostile invading forces advanced upon the city, raiding homes and other buildings in hopes of finding treasure to steal.
Connotation: This word is often used in written vocabulary only. When used in speech, it may cause alarm to others and ensure that listeners pay careful attention.
Definition: Prone to violent action, usually in a militaristic fashion.
Example: If the civil rights movement had become completely militant in the 1960s, it could have meant another bloody civil war for America.
Connotation: This term is frequently applied to those that take action or are likely to take action for a cause, frequently in an underground fashion.
Definition: Possessing the tendency to frequently quarrel or fight with others.
Example: Prisoner number seven was particularly pugnacious; he would always shout insults at the other inmates and try to stare them down.
Connotation: This word usually applies to troublemakers on a smaller scale, such as school bullies or individual combatants.
Definition: A raw, unadulterated, barbaric state.
Example: It was a complete massacre; I will never forget the brutal savagery that caused the rivers to run red with blood.
Connotation: This word has an extremely negative implication; those that commit savagery are considered to be nearly sub-human.
Even if you manage to use these words after you have used vulgar language, you can partially recover your reputation. These words are also particularly useful in political debates as you will appear more understanding of the subject at hand.