pugilism

[ pyoo-juh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈpyu dʒəˌlɪz əm /

noun

the art or practice of fighting with the fists; boxing.

Nearby words

  1. pugging,
  2. puggree,
  3. puggy,
  4. pugh,
  5. pugil stick,
  6. pugilist,
  7. pugin,
  8. pugin, augustus charles,
  9. puglia,
  10. pugmark

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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British Dictionary definitions for pugilism

pugilism

/ (ˈpjuːdʒɪˌlɪzəm) /

noun

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

Word Origin for pugilism

C18: from Latin pugil a boxer; related to pugnus fist, pugna a fight

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Word Origin and History for pugilism

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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