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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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Examples for pugnacity
  • 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
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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