- inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.
Origin of pugnacious
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Examples from the Web for pugnaciousness
If they fought back, the pugnaciousness was knocked out of them at once.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
One evening the latter thought fit to twit him with his pugnaciousness.An Englishman in Paris
Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
When they began feeding upon the tiny forms of life found in the creek, the Bully soon gained a reputation for pugnaciousness.Days in the Open
Lathan A. Crandall
- readily disposed to fight; belligerent
Word Origin and History for pugnaciousness
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").