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


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

Words nearby pugilism

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

/ (ˈpjuːdʒɪˌlɪzəm) /


the art, practice, or profession of fighting with the fists; boxing

Derived forms of pugilism

pugilist, nounpugilistic, adjectivepugilistically, adverb

Word Origin for pugilism

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