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
His pugnacity fascinated and repelled people in equal measure.
His pugnacity and controversial business dealings had anyway made him unpopular.
There are two reasons why this beastly pugnacity is newly valuable.
Moreover, when the government has experienced setbacks, it tends to tone down
  its pugnacity.
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