Definition of pugnacious in English:

pugnacious

Syllabification: pug·na·cious
Pronunciation: /pəgˈnāSHəs
 
/

adjective

Derivatives

pugnaciously

adverb
More example sentences
  • ‘My Times,’ by contrast, is the work of a journalistic fugitive with nothing to lose, a man pugnaciously determined to go down swinging.
  • Sometimes it brought Republicans into the administration, sometimes it tried to show that it could talk as pugnaciously as the Republicans; neither worked.
  • But Stacey pugnaciously defends his bandmate.

pugnacity

Pronunciation: /ˌpəgˈnasətē/
noun
More example sentences
  • He believes his character transition has been for the best and maintains that he was unable to channel his pugnacity positively, rendering it a hindrance rather than a help.
  • His pugnacity in defense of his liberal instincts is obviously genuine.
  • Its inhabitants are known for their pugnacity, as well as for their tradition of hospitality.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin pugnax, pugnac- (from pugnare 'to fight', from pugnus 'fist') + -ious.

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