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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. 2017.
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  • 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
  • It looked as if there would be a fistic encounter that peaceful Sunday.

    The Motor Boys Afloat Clarence Young
  • One day a dispute arose between a white boy and a black boy, and ended in a fistic encounter.

  • “I have never graduated in the fistic arts myself,” he confessed.

    Jacob's Ladder E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • The two members mentioned exhausted the new boy's patience and he invited both to fistic combat.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • There was to be no finesse of boxing; these men had no knowledge of fistic trickery.

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

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

  • He had merely sought to distract Toady's thoughts from their fistic encounter by mentioning the place.

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
  • 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
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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