pugilist

[pyoo-juh-list]
noun
a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.

Origin:
1780–90; < Latin pugil (see pugilism) + -ist

pugilistic, adjective
pugilistically, adverb
unpugilistic, adjective
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pugilism (ˈpjuːdʒɪˌlɪzəm)
 
n
the art, practice, or profession of fighting with the fists; boxing
 
[C18: from Latin pugil a boxer; related to pugnus fist, pugna a fight]
 
'pugilist
 
n
 
pugi'listic
 
adj
 
pugi'listically
 
adv

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pugilist
1790, from L. pugil "boxer," related to pugnus "fist" (see pugnacious). Pugilation "fighting with fists," now obs., is recorded from 1656.
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Example sentences
But, it graphically characterizes the pugilist as to type.
Yet so far she has proved to be no great shakes as a pugilist.
All you need to do is roughly align your ambulant pugilist with a human
  punching bag, then let loose on him.
It's a game of skill and finesse that also indulges the pugilist in everyone.
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