Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Combative in nature. synonym: belligerent.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Disposed to fight; quarrelsome; given to fighting: as, a pugnacious fellow; a pugnacious disposition.
  • Synonyms Contentious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Disposed to fight; inclined to fighting; quarrelsome; fighting.

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  • adjective Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective tough and callous by virtue of experience
  • adjective ready and able to resort to force or violence

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin pugnāx, pugnāc-, from pugnāre, to fight, from pugnus, fist; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin, a form of pugnō ("I fight"), from pugnus ("fist"), from Proto-Indo-European roots.

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  • "inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative."

    - dictionary.com

    March 25, 2009

  • "I hide like a parasite in the skin of this old city that snores and farts and rumbles and scratches and swells and grows warty and pugnacious with age." From Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

    September 27, 2011

  • pugnacious Richard Nixon Losing Ground Charles Murray

    March 30, 2012

  • 'Kampf- / Streitlustig' TOP 10

    S: CONTENTIOUS, Belligerent, Combative, Aggressive, Irascible

    A: Kind, Laid-Back, Fearful

    October 25, 2013