pugnacious

[puhg-ney-shuhs]
adjective
inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.

Origin:
1635–45; pugnaci(ty) (< Latin pugnācitās combativeness, equivalent to pugnāci-, stem of pugnāx combative (akin to pugil; see pugilism) + -tās -ty2) + -ous

pugnaciously, adverb
pugnacity [puhg-nas-i-tee] , pugnaciousness, noun
unpugnacious, adjective
unpugnaciously, adverb
unpugnaciousness, noun


argumentative, contentious, bellicose.


agreeable.
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pugnacious (pʌɡˈneɪʃəs)
 
adj
readily disposed to fight; belligerent
 
[C17: from Latin pugnāx]
 
pug'naciously
 
adv
 
pugnacity
 
n
 
pug'naciousness
 
n

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pugnacious
1642, from L. pugnacis, gen. of pugnax "combative," from pugnare "to fight," from pugnus "fist," from PIE base *peug- "to stick, stab" (cf. Gk. pyx "with clenched fist," pygme "fist, boxing," pyktes "boxer;" L. pungere "to pierce, prick").
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Example sentences
Because of their highly predaceous and pugnacious nature they are one of the easiest fish to catch.
The pugnacious males often build nests, almost touching adjoining nests.
When he got serious, she imagined he was pugnacious, and tried to egg him on to an open quarrel.
Thirdly, docile animals within a species group are normally selected over pugnacious fellow-members.
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