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Monday, May 10, 1999

Definitions for pugnacious

  1. Inclined to fight; combative; quarrelsome.

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Citations for pugnacious
Roberto's pugnacious grandmother lived across the meadow and would yell threats and curses helplessly from her balcony. Tag Gallagher, The Adventures of Roberto Rossellini
The idea that he was truculent or pugnacious, that he went about with a chip on his shoulder, that he loved fighting for the sake of fighting, was, however, a mistake. William Roscoe Thayer, Theodore Roosevelt: An Intimate Biography
Origin of pugnacious
Pugnacious comes from Latin pugnare, "to fight," from pugnus, "fist."
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