But when a boxer is caught juicing his gloves, the pugilistic community turns away in disgust.
I pressed Stevens about the risk to his candidate of such a pugilistic approach.
Sin City brought out the devil in the GOP candidates tonight, delivering the most pugilistic Republican Party debate to date.
1789, from Latin pugil "boxer, fist-fighter," related to pugnus "a fist" (see pugnacious) + -ist. Related: Pugilistic (1789); pugilistically. Pugil occasionally turns up in English as "boxer, fist-fighter" (from 1640s), but it has not caught on. Pugil stick (1962) was introduced by U.S. military as a substitute for rifles in bayonet drills.