pugnacious


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pug·na·cious

 (pŭg-nā′shəs)
adj.
Combative in nature. See Synonyms at belligerent.

[From Latin pugnāx, pugnāc-, from pugnāre, to fight, from pugnus, fist; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

pug·na′cious·ly adv.
pug·na′cious·ness, pug·nac′i·ty (-năs′ĭ-tē) n.

pugnacious

(pʌɡˈneɪʃəs)
adj
readily disposed to fight; belligerent
[C17: from Latin pugnāx]
pugˈnaciously adv
pugnacity, pugˈnaciousness n

pug•na•cious

(pʌgˈneɪ ʃəs)

adj.
inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative.
[1635–45; < Latin pugnāx, s. pugnāc-, adj. derivative of pugnāre to fight; see -acious]
pug•na′cious•ly, adv.
pug•nac′i•ty (-ˈnæs ɪ ti) pug•na′cious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pugnacious - tough and callous by virtue of experience
tough - not given to gentleness or sentimentality; "a tough character"
2.pugnacious - ready and able to resort to force or violence; "pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"- Herman Melville; "they were rough and determined fighting men"
aggressive - having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends; "an aggressive businessman"; "an aggressive basketball player"; "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions"; "aggressive drivers"

pugnacious

pugnacious

adjective
Translations
taistelunhaluinen
pugnax

pugnacious

[pʌgˈneɪʃəs] ADJpugnaz, agresivo

pugnacious

[pʌgˈneɪʃəs] adjpugnace

pugnacious

adjkampfeslustig; (verbally) → streitsüchtig; expression, remarkherausfordernd; support, defencehartnäckig; campaignaggressiv

pugnacious

[pʌgˈneɪʃəs] adjbellicoso/a, battagliero/a
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"Gore's no fool; you needn't tell me that," he observed presently, in a pugnacious tone, as if poor Gritty had been urging that lawyer's capabilities; "but, you see, he isn't up to the law as Wakem is.
The latter was a small, alert, dark-eyed man about thirty years of age, very sturdily built, with thick black eyebrows and a strong, pugnacious face.
Fortunately, however, Mr Pyke confined himself to mere verbal smifligation, and they reached their box with no more serious interruption by the way, than a desire on the part of the same pugnacious gentleman to
As a man Jonson, pugnacious, capricious, ill-mannered, sometimes surly, intemperate in drink and in other respects, is an object for only very qualified admiration; and as a writer he cannot properly be said to possess that indefinable thing, genius, which is essential to the truest greatness.
In his shirt and trousers he was a comparatively slim gentleman, who walked across the bedroom to the bathroom with no more pugnacious purpose than that of washing himself.
For once our pugnacious colleague was deaf to a challenge.
His long, red moustache determined the character of his physiognomy, which struck me as pugnacious in
He was a square-jawed, blunt-featured man with a pugnacious cock of the eyebrow.
Brayne would pour supplies into the impoverished and pugnacious Church of France; he would support six Nationalist newspapers like The Guillotine.
For Glaucon, who is always the most pugnacious of men, was dissatisfied at Thrasymachus' retirement; he wanted to have the battle out.
For while those female whales are characteristically timid, the young males, or forty-barrel-bulls, as they call them, are by far the most pugnacious of all Leviathans, and proverbially the most dangerous to encounter; excepting those wondrous grey-headed, grizzled whales, sometimes met, and these will fight you like grim fiends exasperated by a penal gout.
A short, stout, ruddy young fellow, very pugnacious concerning whales, who somehow seemed to think that the great Leviathans had personally and hereditarily affronted him; and therefore it was a sort of point of honor with him, to destroy them whenever encountered.