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pu·gi·lism

 (pyo͞o′jə-lĭz′əm)
n.
The skill, practice, and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.

[From Latin pugil, pugilist; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

pu′gi·list n.
pu′gi·lis′tic adj.

pugilism

(ˈpjuːdʒɪˌlɪzəm)
n
(Boxing) the art, practice, or profession of fighting with the fists; boxing
[C18: from Latin pugil a boxer; related to pugnus fist, pugna a fight]
ˈpugilist n
ˌpugiˈlistic adj
ˌpugiˈlistically adv

pu•gi•lism

(ˈpyu dʒəˌlɪz əm)

n.
the art or practice of fighting with the fists; boxing.
[1785–95; < Latin pugil boxer (akin to pugnus fist, pugnāre to fight) + -ism]

pugilism

the art or practice of fighting with fists; boxing. — pugilistic, adj.
See also: Boxing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pugilism - fighting with the fistspugilism - fighting with the fists    
clinch - (boxing) the act of one boxer holding onto the other to avoid being hit and to rest momentarily
biff, punch, lick, clout, poke, slug - (boxing) a blow with the fist; "I gave him a clout on his nose"
sidestep - a step to one side (as in boxing or dancing)
contact sport - a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
professional boxing - boxing for money
in-fighting - boxing at close quarters
fight - a boxing or wrestling match; "the fight was on television last night"
rope-a-dope - a boxing tactic: pretending to be trapped against the ropes while your opponent wears himself out throwing punches
sparring, spar - making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer
boxing equipment - equipment used in boxing
boxing glove, glove - boxing equipment consisting of big and padded coverings for the fists of the fighters; worn for the sport of boxing
boxing ring, prize ring - a square ring where boxers fight
gumshield, mouthpiece - (especially boxing) equipment that protects an athlete's mouth
decision - (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred; "had little trouble in taking a unanimous decision over his opponent"
count out - declare the loser
remain down, take the count - be counted out; remain down while the referee counts to ten
hook - hit with a hook; "His opponent hooked him badly"
cut - move (one's fist); "his opponent cut upward toward his chin"
Translations

pugilism

[ˈpjuːdʒɪlɪzəm] Npugilato m, pugilismo m

pugilism

n (form)Faustkampf m

pugilism

[ˈpjuːdʒɪˌlɪzm] n (frm) → pugilato, boxe f
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