[ puhg-ney-shuhs ]
/ pʌgˈneɪ ʃəs /


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

Words nearby pugnacious

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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Examples from the Web for pugnaciousness

  • When they began feeding upon the tiny forms of life found in the creek, the Bully soon gained a reputation for pugnaciousness.

    Days in the Open|Lathan A. Crandall
  • If they fought back, the pugnaciousness was knocked out of them at once.

    Police Your Planet|Lester del Rey
  • One evening the latter thought fit to twit him with his pugnaciousness.

    An Englishman in Paris|Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam

British Dictionary definitions for pugnaciousness

/ (pʌɡˈneɪʃəs) /


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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