What does pugnacious mean?

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pʌgˈneɪ ʃəspug·na·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hard-bitten, hard-boiled, pugnaciousadjective

    tough and callous by virtue of experience

  2. pugnacious, roughadjective

    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"


  1. pugnaciousadjective

    Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent.

    Etymology: a form of pugno, from pugnus, from roots.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pugnaciousadjective

    disposed to fight; inclined to fighting; quarrelsome; fighting

    Etymology: [L. pugnax, -acis, fr. pugnare to fight. Cf. Pugilism, Fist.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pugnacious

    pug-nā′shus, adj. fond of fighting: combative: quarrelsome.—adv. Pugnā′ciously.—n. Pugnac′ity, readiness or inclination to fight: fondness for fighting: quarrelsomeness. [L. pugnax, pugnacis, fond of fighting—pugnāre, to fight.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pugnacious in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pugnacious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of pugnacious in a Sentence

  1. Stefano Gatti:

    Every time prominent Jews are at the center of media attention in Italy, they get subjected to online anti-Semitic abuse, the anti-Semitic insults come from far-right circles that have a past, and sometimes present, of violence. It's part of their radical rightwing code, this pugnacious attitude.

  2. Richard Gowan:

    A lot of United Nations officials worried that Richard Grenell might return to New York to head [ the Richard Gowan mission to the UN ] at some point and will be delighted that Richard Grenell's bound for Washington instead, richard Grenell is still remembered around United Nations as a pretty pugnacious operator.

  3. Edward Lazarus:

    Justice Scalia had an irrepressibly pugnacious personality.

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