relating to or involving fighting with the fists, especially professional boxing:The movie Rocky is a triumphant, rags-to-riches tale of pugilistic glory.
inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile;belligerent: She was fired for being a pugilistic, wine-tossing diva who fought with nearly everyone.
- pu·gi·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
- un·pu·gi·lis·tic, adjective
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How to use pugilistic in a sentence
For starters, the pugilistic Governor framed his record as being about results, as opposed to partisan politics.Hillary Clinton Vs. the GOP Boys’ Club: Fighting for the Female Vote | Lloyd Green | October 21, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
But when a boxer is caught juicing his gloves, the pugilistic community turns away in disgust.How the Saints Players Betrayed the Football Brotherhood | Gordon Marino | March 21, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I pressed Stevens about the risk to his candidate of such a pugilistic approach.Mitt Romney Smacks Newt Gingrich in Florida Brawl at NBC Debate | Howard Kurtz | January 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Sin City brought out the devil in the GOP candidates tonight, delivering the most pugilistic Republican Party debate to date.
I first learned of the man when I worked in the Senate as a young pugilistic conservative.
And so saying, the young American placed himself in a pugilistic attitude by the side of Henry Chester.The Land of Fire | Mayne Reid
They were entertained with various games, such as wrestling and pugilistic matches.Notable Voyagers | W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
pugilistic and culinary talents are a rare combination, Jerome.The Gray Phantom's Return | Herman Landon
These two latter are sometimes called amazon ants, from their pugilistic propensities.
Attempts were made to remove him, when he assumed a pugilistic attitude, and resolutely declined to quit the hall.Old and New London | Walter Thornbury