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pugilism

[pyoo-juh-liz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the art or practice of fighting with the fists; boxing.
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Origin of pugilism

1785–95; < Latin pugil boxer (akin to pugnus fist, pugnāre to fight; compare Greek pýx with the fist, pygmḗ boxing) + -ism
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  • "Let there be no vulgar display of pugilism here," he said, sharply.

  • IT is not with pleasure that we approach this question, sacred to the pugilism of debate.

    A Trip to Cuba

    Julia Ward Howe

  • He would have dearly liked to watch the display of pugilism.

    The Revellers

    Louis Tracy

  • Unfortunately, this undisputed talent only existed in pugilism.

    Against The Grain

    Joris-Karl Huysmans

  • But enough of pugilism and of what, at best, is a doubtful tradition.


British Dictionary definitions for pugilism

pugilism

noun
  1. the art, practice, or profession of fighting with the fists; boxing
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Derived Formspugilist, nounpugilistic, adjectivepugilistically, adverb

Word Origin

C18: from Latin pugil a boxer; related to pugnus fist, pugna a fight
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Word Origin and History for pugilism

n.

1789, from Latin pugil "boxer, fist-fighter," related to pugnus "fist" (see pugnacious) + -ism. Pugilation "fighting with fists," now obsolete, is recorded from 1650s.

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