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pugnacious

[ puhg-ney-shuhs ]

adjective

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

    Synonyms: bellicose, contentious, argumentative

    Antonyms: agreeable



pugnacious

/ pʌɡˈneɪʃəs; pʌɡˈnæsɪtɪ /

adjective

  1. readily disposed to fight; belligerent


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Derived Forms

  • pugnacity, noun
  • pugˈnaciously, adverb
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Other Words From

  • pug·na·cious·ly adverb
  • pug·nac·i·ty [puhg-, nas, -i-tee], pug·na·cious·ness noun
  • un·pug·na·cious adjective
  • un·pug·na·cious·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pugnacious1

First recorded in 1635–45; pugnaci(ty) (from Latin pugnācitās “combativeness,” equivalent to pugnāci-, stem of pugnāx combative (akin to pugil; pugilism ) + -tās -ty 2 ) + -ous
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pugnacious1

C17: from Latin pugnāx
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Example Sentences

His tenacity in conducting rigorous experiments and his pugnacious public promotion of his findings established the germ theory of disease and encouraged new methods of hygiene.

This includes a pugnacious grill, menacing headlights and sleek LED taillights.

Rumsfeld was more complex and paradoxical than the public caricature of him as a pugnacious, inflexible villain would suggest.

It all ended badly last October when Glenn Greenwald, the pugnacious, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, quit the investigative news site he had co-founded six years earlier.

To be sure, the pugnacious poet had his moments of assurance.

He said that on the whole he got a better reception from Republicans, especially the pugnacious Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Joe Sutter is 93 now, silver-haired and moving a tad more slowly than he would like, but still pugnacious and sharp of tongue.

He is a pugnacious writer and speaker himself, well used to picking intellectual fights.

And typically, the pugnacious New Jerseyan refuses to back away.

An early Zionist leader, prideful, pugnacious, Ussishkin headed the Jewish National Fund for nearly 20 years.

Supported by Thurstane's pugnacious presence and hurried up by his vehement orders, they began to fire.

He had never, in all his pugnacious and sanguinary life, looked upon anything so fascinating.

It was not the headlong, reckless, pugnacious rage of the old Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian berserker.

"Get about your own business and leave us alone," advised the pugnacious chap.

The Scotch are certainly a most pugnacious people; their whole history proves it.

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