I adjective aggressive, antagonistic, argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, bickering, combative, contentious, defiant, disposed to fight, disputatious, dissentious, factious, fighting, fractious, given to fighting, hostile, inimical, militant, militaristic, offensive, quarrelsome, rebellious, rowdy, stubborn, threatening, unfriendly, unpacific, unpeaceful, warlike II index argumentative, contentious, hostile, litigious, perverse, petulant, polemic, querulous, spartan

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  • Pugnacious — Pug*na cious, a. [L. pugnax, acis, fr. pugnare to fight. Cf. {Pugilism}, {Fist}.] Disposed to fight; inclined to fighting; quarrelsome; fighting. {Pug*na cious*ly}, adv. {Pug*na cious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pugnacious — 1640s, from L. pugnacis, gen. of pugnax combative, from pugnare to fight, from pugnus fist, from PIE root *peug to stick, stab (Cf. Gk. pyx with clenched fist, pygme fist, boxing, pyktes boxer; L …   Etymology dictionary

  • pugnacious — combative, *belligerent, bellicose, quarrelsome, contentious Analogous words: *aggressive, militant, assertive, self assertive, pushing, pushy Antonyms: pacific …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pugnacious — [adj] belligerent aggressive, antagonistic, argumentative, bellicose, brawling, cantankerous, chip on shoulder*, choleric, combative, contentious, defiant, disputatious, have a bone to pick*, hottempered, irascible, irritable, itching to fight*,… …   New thesaurus

  • pugnacious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight. DERIVATIVES pugnacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin pugnare to fight …   English terms dictionary

  • pugnacious — [pug nā′shəs] adj. [< L pugnax, combative < pugnare, to fight (< IE base * peuĝ , to punch > Gr pygmē, fist, L pungere, to pierce) + OUS] eager and ready to fight; quarrelsome; combative SYN. BELLIGERENT pugnaciously adv. pugnacity… …   English World dictionary

  • pugnacious — [[t]pʌgne͟ɪʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is pugnacious is always ready to quarrel or start a fight. [FORMAL] The President was in a pugnacious mood when he spoke to journalists about the rebellion. Syn: argumentative …   English dictionary

  • pugnacious — adjective Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent. Not that the doctor was a bully, or even pugnacious, in the usual sense of the word; he had no disposition to provoke a fight, no propense love of quarrelling …   Wiktionary

  • pugnacious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. combative, quarrelsome, militant, belligerent, contentious, bellicose. See contention, irascibility.Ant., pacific. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. belligerent, defiant, antagonistic, combative; see… …   English dictionary for students

  • pugnacious — pug|na|cious [pʌgˈneıʃəs] adj formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: pugnax, from pugnare to fight ] very eager to argue or fight with people ▪ The professor had been pugnacious and irritable. >pugnaciously adv >pugnacity [pʌgˈnæsıti] n… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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