American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The skill, practice, and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art or practice of boxing or fighting with the fists.
- n. fighting with fists, boxing
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The practice of boxing, or fighting with the fist.
- n. fighting with the fists
- 1791, from Latin pugil ("fist") + -ism, related to pugnus ("fist"), from Proto-Indo-European roots. Compare contemporary pugilist ("boxer") (1790). (Wiktionary)
- From Latin pugil, pugilist. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It may be that for a long time some nations will continue to fight each other, but the example of those nations who prefer arbitration to war, law courts to the battlefield, must sooner or later influence the belligerent powers and make war as unpopular as pugilism is now.”
“I admire the old fashion according to which in English pugilism (which, however, I do not admire) the combatants shook hands before they fought; only I think much time ought not to be spent upon such salutations when there is other work to do. ”
“Hillary is a path breaker for future generations of women because she has broken the glass ceiling with her newfound politics of "pugilism".”
“M. ERIC DYSON: I think that, you know, we're engaging in some rhetorical fisticuffs, so to speak, a kind of pugilism of the domestic sphere.”
“The writing is a kind of pugilism -- the strokes being made straight out from the shoulder.”
“Although he earned millions, Louis ended up nearly penniless and a walking argument against professional pugilism.”
“In parting let me inject my own truculence and pugilism in this 1/2 punch: I cannot believe this is the conversation we are still having this far into our project and at this ridiculously low level at that.”
“The pugilism continued at Oxford, where he read military history and, while admiring the "tranquil beauty" of the High Street, noted that he felt a "savage satisfaction" in fighting.”
“Those children who prefer pugilism to pampering will no doubt love the Kung Zhu Battle Arena, which seven-year-old Jayden Chamberlain was warring with this morning.”
“After the Cotto contest, Margarito became one of the hottest prospects in professional pugilism.”
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