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pugnacious

[ puhg-ney-shuhs ]
/ pʌgˈneɪ ʃəs /
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adjective
inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.
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Origin of pugnacious

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pugnacious

pug·na·cious·ly, adverbpug·nac·i·ty [puhg-nas-i-tee], /pʌgˈnæs ɪ ti/, pug·na·cious·ness, nounun·pug·na·cious, adjectiveun·pug·na·cious·ly, adverb
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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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