[ pyoo-juh-lis-tik ]

  1. relating to or involving fighting with the fists, especially professional boxing:The movie Rocky is a triumphant, rags-to-riches tale of pugilistic glory.

  2. inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile;belligerent: She was fired for being a pugilistic, wine-tossing diva who fought with nearly everyone.

Origin of pugilistic


Other words from pugilistic

  • pu·gi·lis·ti·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·pu·gi·lis·tic, adjective

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