Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a pugnacious manner.

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  • adverb In an aggressive or combative manner.

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

  • adverb in a pugnacious manner

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Examples

  • They remain true to character, with Nixon sentimentally reminiscing about flipping burgers in the Pacific and Mao pugnaciously recalling riding eastward to conquer Beijing.

    Titans Shaking Hands, But Still Worlds Apart

  • Consider: The Ron Paul who in 1988 ran for president as a Libertarian spoke pugnaciously of abolishing "unconstitutional" entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare.

    Why Ron Paul Can't Win

  • “What about you falling into a pit of snakes right in the middle of an argument?” she demanded pugnaciously.

    Black Magic

  • “An archetype,” Michael interrupted pugnaciously, his voice wobbling slightly.

    THE FORBIDDEN GAME

  • “What about you falling into a pit of snakes right in the middle of an argument?” she demanded pugnaciously.

    Black Magic

  • As we climbed the podium, I mentioned that his book title, "God Is Not Great," (which, on the book's cover, has a pugnaciously lowercase "god") was exactly correct.

    The atheist and the rabbi: Arguing about God with Christopher Hitchens

  • “What about you falling into a pit of snakes right in the middle of an argument?” she demanded pugnaciously.

    Black Magic

  • By contrast, Jaidee, the so-called Tiger of Bangkok, is the pugnaciously idealistic captain of the white shirts, determined to preserve his country against the onslaught of foreign influence and corruption.

    Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Windup Girl," winner of the Nebula Award

  • “An archetype,” Michael interrupted pugnaciously, his voice wobbling slightly.

    THE FORBIDDEN GAME

  • Dick Cheney pugnaciously declared about April 7th that President Obama's policies were making America less safe, setting off major jawboning among the talking heads.

    Rove, Cheney and Limbaugh: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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