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- n. One who fights with his fists; especially a professional prize fighter; a boxer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who fights with his fists; esp., a professional prize fighter; a boxer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boxer; one who fights with his fists.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who fights with his fists for sport
According to the OED, a pugilist is one who practices the art of boxing -- a boxer or a fighter.
The pugilist is his own general and never learns the high lessons of obedience; the soldier learns to subordinate himself to his commander, and to fight bravely and effectively under the direction of another.
The fact that foreign nations are able to thrash them does not convince them that those nations are superior, any more than a gentleman's physical defeat by a pugilist would satisfy him that the pugilist is a better man.
Thirdly, there is the tendency of the press, which is now the great moulder of public opinion, to take what we may call the pugilist's view of international controversies.
The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said at the time there was "Buckley's chance" of Mr Harkins becoming a Labor Senator, calling him a "pugilist".
In the offseason, General Manager George McPhee felt the Caps needed to toughen up, so the club traded for pugilist DJ King.
Ed Balls used the leadership campaign to showcase how effective he can be as a pugilist against the government.
Among the spectators was Khamzat Dzhabrailov, 54, a former Soviet middleweight boxing champion who used to spar with Kadyrov when the latter was a teenage pugilist, said: "The Brazilians are afraid to play strongly because Ramzan will break their necks if they win."
But Gingrich the pugnacious pugilist has not been satisfied to rest on his unpleasantness.
This “action-drama” will see Jackman playing a washed-up pugilist who trains robot boxers.
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