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[fis-tik] /ˈfɪs tɪk/
of boxing; pugilistic:
fistic heroes.
Origin of fistic
First recorded in 1800-10; fist1 + -ic Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for fistic
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  • But we will not resume our fistic encounter—remember, I am your future father-in-law!

    Three Hats

    Alfred Debrun
  • It looked as if there would be a fistic encounter that peaceful Sunday.

    The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young
  • “I have never graduated in the fistic arts myself,” he confessed.

    Jacob's Ladder

    E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • There was to be no finesse of boxing; these men had no knowledge of fistic trickery.

    Wolf Breed

    Jackson Gregory
  • Other fistic encounters had been of his own seeking and for excellent reasons he had generally come out ahead.

  • Nan was greatly disturbed to hear so many references to fistic encounters and fighting of all sorts.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • This was another common procedure on the part of the ladies of the Hole, when heated by verbal or fistic altercation.

    Our Mutual Friend Charles Dickens
  • One day a dispute arose between a white boy and a black boy, and ended in a fistic encounter.

  • One Ajax finally removed his coat and invited the Radical to a fistic encounter in the garden—if he felt aggrieved.

  • He confessed that he was no match for Bill in a duel, but dared him to meet him in fistic encounter.

British Dictionary definitions for fistic


of or relating to fisticuffs or boxing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fistic

1806, from fist (n.) + -ic. Historically not considered proper English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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