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[pyoo-juh-list] /ˈpyu dʒə lɪst/
a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.
1780-90; < Latin pugil (see pugilism) + -ist
Related forms
pugilistic, adjective
pugilistically, adverb
unpugilistic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for pugilist
  • 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.
  • The reluctant pugilist rises to fame, despite the efforts of a rival entrepreneur.
Word Origin and History for pugilist
1790, from L. pugil "boxer," related to pugnus "fist" (see pugnacious). Pugilation "fighting with fists," now obs., is recorded from 1656.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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