“I Am Every Woman,” it said, and Tehelka was widely lauded for its pugnacity.
He stood in the doorway, his whole frame exhibiting the pugnacity and settled determination of a man who is bound to be obeyed.
We must defend ourselves, so the instinct of pugnacity is born.
It was at that time that Belfast's devotion—and also his pugnacity—secured universal respect.
The 'Mercury' missed his power of organisation, his splendid gift of pugnacity.
The same combination of patriotism443 and pugnacity is seen in the Uruguayans.
Fear and pugnacity are too apparent in fish to require special proof.
If there was any faulty expression, it was in the mouth, which was not without something of a character of pugnacity.
Yet his pugnacity was really foreign to the nature of the man.
For activity and pugnacity of humming-birds, see Tropical Nature, pp. 130, 213.
c.1600, from Latin pugnacitas "fondness for fighting," from pugnax (genitive pugnacis) "combative" (see pugnacious).
1640s, a back-formation from pugnacity or else from Latin pugnacis, genitive of pugnax "combative, fond of fighting," from pugnare "to fight," especially with the fists, "contend against," from pugnus "a fist," from PIE *pung-, nasalized form of root *peuk-, *peug- "to stick, stab, to prick" (cf. Greek pyx "with clenched fist," pygme "fist, boxing," pyktes "boxer;" Latin pungere "to pierce, prick").