noun[mass noun] dated or humorous
The profession or hobby of boxing: I do not go to displays of pugilism
More example sentences
- He once played a competitive basketball match the day of a fight, and in conversations with reporters he much prefers to discuss his collection of fighting chickens than anything remotely concerned with pugilism of the human variety.
- The pair will undergo intensive training for a month in secret gyms in the South East under the wings of some of British boxing's finest trainers - before coming together for three rounds of power-packed pugilism.
- It was clear the spirit of pugilism had left New Orleans.