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pugilist

[pyoo-juh-list] /ˈpyu dʒə lɪst/
noun
1.
a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Latin pugil (see pugilism) + -ist
Related forms
pugilistic, adjective
pugilistically, adverb
unpugilistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for pugilists
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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