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  1. of boxing; pugilistic: fistic heroes.
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Origin of fistic

First recorded in 1800–10; fist1 + -ic
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Examples from the Web for fistic

Historical Examples

  • But we will not resume our fistic encounter—remember, I am your future father-in-law!

    Three Hats

    Alfred Debrun

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

    The Motor Boys Afloat

    Clarence Young

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

    Jacob's Ladder

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • There was to be no finesse of boxing; these men had no knowledge of fistic trickery.

    Wolf Breed

    Jackson Gregory

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

British Dictionary definitions for fistic


  1. of or relating to fisticuffs or boxing
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Word Origin and History for fistic


1806, from fist (n.) + -ic. Historically not considered proper English.

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