pugnacity


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pugnacity - a natural disposition to be hostilepugnacity - a natural disposition to be hostile
disagreeableness - an ill-tempered and offensive disposition
bellicoseness, bellicosity - a natural disposition to fight
truculence, truculency - obstreperous and defiant aggressiveness

pugnacity

noun
Translations

pugnacity

[pʌgˈnæsɪtɪ] Npugnacidad f, agresividad f

pugnacity

[pʌgˈnæsɪti] npugnacité f

pugnacity

nKampfeslust f; (verbal) → Streitsüchtigkeit f; (of expression, remark)Herausforderung f (→ of in +dat); (of support, defence)Hartnäckigkeit f; (of campaign)Aggressivität f; the pugnacity of his approachdie Aggressivität seiner Vorgehensweise

pugnacity

[pʌgˈnæsɪtɪ] ncombattività, bellicosità
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I don't know how it is, but since my imprisonment I feel a strange and almost irresistible pugnacity.
Weller, as the first symptoms of his pugnacity disappeared.
Very much indeed of what we call moral education, he said, is such an artificial modification and perversion of instinct; pugnacity is trained into courageous self-sacrifice, and suppressed sexuality into religious emotion.
His tone had taken on that shade of pugnacity which suggested to his sister that some personal grievance drove him to take the line he did.
When Annette, meek, penitent, with all her claws sheathed, came to him and grovelled, he forgave her with a repulsive magnanimity which in a less subdued mood would have stung her to renewed pugnacity.
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Then Fisher suddenly sprang to his feet and caught up his hat and stick with all his new alertness and even pugnacity.
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NATO's steady ingress in former Russian zone of influence and shift in its antagonist's strategy to contain China's rise has made Moscow and Beijing natural allies, who, at least temporarily, have set aside their bilateral pugnacity.
That is why the team that battled their way to fourth - albeit impressively, with more pugnacity imagined - will not be the same team come August.
He combined fun and high seriousness and, when needed, pugnacity.
It immediately communicated power and pugnacity to me which are, amongst other characteristics, synonymous with boxing clubs.