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. Well, I shall get at the throat of that old villain, and strangle him."
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. As it was, she allowed herself to be forgiven, and retired with a dismal conviction that from now on he would be more insufferable than ever.
Thus Mr Snevellicci had no sooner swallowed another glassful than he smiled upon all present in happy forgetfulness of having exhibited symptoms of pugnacity, and proposed 'The ladies!
Then Fisher suddenly sprang to his feet and caught up his hat and stick with all his new alertness and even pugnacity.
WITH reference to Eddie O'Leary's comments reported in the Racing Post that Tiger Roll will not participate in next year's Grand National if he is given a rating of 166 or higher, the O'Leary brothers seem to have a habitual penchant for pugnacity, whether in horseracing or the airline business.
Though sea gulls are core to the Jersey Shore, the birds that have been hunting the food stalls lining the boardwalk in Ocean City possess an extra level of voracious hunger, a fever pitch of aggression that stands out even in a state where pugnacity is considered a plus.
International organizations should make India understand that if Modi attempts at war pugnacity Pakistani nation knows how to deal with it.
"OPEC had better ensure understanding between its members first," he said, adding: "Some neighboring states should stop pugnacity against Iran and appreciate our hand of friendship.
Our ancestors have bred pugnacity into our bone and marrow, and thousands of years of peace won't breed it out of us."