pugnacious

[ puhg-ney-shuhs ]
/ pʌgˈneɪ ʃəs /

adjective

inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.

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Origin of pugnacious

1635–45; pugnaci(ty) (<Latin pugnācitās combativeness, equivalent to pugnāci-, stem of pugnāx combative (akin to pugil;see pugilism) + -tās-ty2) + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for pugnacious

pugnacious
/ (pʌɡˈneɪʃəs) /

adjective

readily disposed to fight; belligerent

Derived forms of pugnacious

pugnaciously, adverbpugnacity (pʌɡˈnæsɪtɪ) or pugnaciousness, noun

Word Origin for pugnacious

C17: from Latin pugnāx
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