- inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.
Origin of pugnacious
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Examples from the Web for pugnaciously
"We'll go down and talk to this Don Loris," he said pugnaciously.The Pirates of Ersatz
"This is not at all pleasant," said Captain Sydenham pugnaciously.The Art of Disappearing
John Talbot Smith
"Call me 'sir' when you address me," ordered Kennell pugnaciously.The Dreadnought Boys on Battle Practice
John Henry Goldfrap
He did not say, I am sorry you were not at church, as Ben Trawl pugnaciously expected.A Singular Life
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Then, too, she was pugnaciously loyal to the glories of the best parlor.The Portion of Labor
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
- readily disposed to fight; belligerent
Word Origin and History for pugnaciously
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").