pugnacious
[ puhg-ney-shuhs ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
Mid 17th century; Latinfrom Latin pugnax, pugnac- (from pugnare ‘to fight’, from pugnus ‘fist’) + -ious
Synonyms
  • aggressive
  • contentious
  • bellicose
Antonyms
  • agreeable
Definition
inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative
Example
The pugnacious man had to be escorted out of the concert.
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