And typically, the pugnacious New Jerseyan refuses to back away.
But much of it is his pugnacious personality, says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac poll.
When he worked for Clinton, Singer gained a certain amount of notoriety for his, uhm, pugnacious attitude.
Short and pugnacious, intense and vulgar, Sarkozy is not the kind of man with whom many French want to raise a glass of wine.
The pugnacious provocateur said that “Romney has had a Midas touch with everything he's done.”
He has been seen to give battle to three pugnacious bull elk at once, and has killed numbers of them in single combat.
“Wait,” returned the more experienced and pugnacious prelate.
He was of gentle Scottish birth, but his own acquaintances declared that he was of a "quarrelsome and pugnacious disposition."
It soon grew as impudent and pugnacious and ravenous as most sparrows.
This element unites in agreement all the pugnacious sectaries who join battle over the other elements of the former faith.
1640s, a back-formation from pugnacity or else from Latin pugnacis, genitive of pugnax "combative, fond of fighting," from pugnare "to fight," especially with the fists, "contend against," from pugnus "a fist," from PIE *pung-, nasalized form of root *peuk-, *peug- "to stick, stab, to prick" (cf. Greek pyx "with clenched fist," pygme "fist, boxing," pyktes "boxer;" Latin pungere "to pierce, prick").