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  • adv. In an aggressive or combative manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a pugnacious manner.

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

  • adv. in a pugnacious manner


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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


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

    Black Magic

  • 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

  • Even the CNN anchor remarked that by not resigning but pugnaciously challenging the overwhelming evidence of his unfitness for office that he was mirroring Bill's modus operandi after the blue dress put an end to his red faced rants of innocence.

    Michael Jones: Getting Away With It

  • When I first had contact with Melanie I asked her why she was perceived as right wing as I had felt she was merely pragmatic and sensible, now I still do not see her as right wing but a person who has strong feelings and says them pugnaciously, sometimes too much so for the milky ones amongst us.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • And this is true to a degree that the once iconoclastic, individualist, and pugnaciously competitive world of newspaper publishing (think Joseph Pulitzer and W.R. Hearst) has not been so well prepped to handle.

    Phil Bronstein: Newspaper Disaster? It's All My Fault. I'm The One


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