adjective: Having a quarrelsome nature; belligerent.
From Latin pugnare (to fight), from pugnus (fist). Ultimately from the Indo-European root peuk- (to prick) which is also the source of point, puncture, pungent, punctual, poignant, pounce, poniard, and impugn. Earliest documented use: 1642.
“Whitacre has earned a reputation for being pugnacious, stubborn, and willing to fight to the end.”
James S. Granelli; AT&T Chief Stays Focused; Los Angeles Times; Mar 7, 2006.
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