Todays Word: “pugnacious”

Word: pugnacious




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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One thought on “Todays Word: “pugnacious”

  1. chottu April 15, 2011 / 6:53 PM

    1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper

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