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pugnacious

[puhg-ney-shuh s] /pʌgˈneɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; pugnaci(ty) (< Latin pugnācitās combativeness, equivalent to pugnāci-, stem of pugnāx combative (akin to pugil; see pugilism) + -tās -ty2) + -ous
Related forms
pugnaciously, adverb
pugnacity
[puhg-nas-i-tee] /pʌgˈnæs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
pugnaciousness, noun
unpugnacious, adjective
unpugnaciously, adverb
unpugnaciousness, noun
Synonyms
argumentative, contentious, bellicose.
Antonyms
agreeable.
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  • 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.
  • It's quite a self-referential little package of pugnacity.
  • The brigade became known for its cultivated pugnacity.
  • She is the soul of small-town pugnacity and self-conceit and has an endless tongue.
  • Even when dealing with pacific subjects there is an air of pugnacity about him.
  • The extreme pugnacity of humming-birds has been noticed by all observers.
British Dictionary definitions for pugnacity

pugnacious

/pʌɡˈneɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
readily disposed to fight; belligerent
Derived Forms
pugnaciously, adverb
pugnacity (pʌɡˈnæsɪtɪ), pugnaciousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin pugnāx
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Word Origin and History for pugnacity
n.

c.1600, from Latin pugnacitas "fondness for fighting," from pugnax (genitive pugnacis) "combative" (see pugnacious).

pugnacious

adj.

1640s, a back-formation from pugnacity or else from Latin pugnacis, genitive of pugnax "combative, fond of fighting," from pugnare "to fight," especially with the fists, "contend against," from pugnus "a fist," from PIE *pung-, nasalized form of root *peuk-, *peug- "to stick, stab, to prick" (cf. Greek pyx "with clenched fist," pygme "fist, boxing," pyktes "boxer;" Latin pungere "to pierce, prick").

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