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pugnacious adjective [puhg-NEY-shuh s] inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.
Definitions for pugnacious
- inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.
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Citations for pugnacious
Pugnacious people, if they did not actually terrify Oscar, were at least the sort of people he could not control, and whom he feared as possibly able to coerce him.
In addition, Rose, in retirement, had often resorted to the headfirst, pugnacious style he displayed as a player, not always seeming contrite about what he had done wrong.
Origin of pugnacious
Pugnacious stems from the Latin pugnāre meaning "to fight," and shares ancestry with English word pugilism meaning "the art or practice of fighting with the fists; boxing." Pugnacious entered English in the mid-1600s.