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Recent Examples of pugilism from the Web
Being his first foray into professional pugilism, McGregor won rounds against one of the sport’s greatest.
Unlike most big-time pugilism spectacles, this fight is not a title bout.
Every generation of leftists angrily vents about liberalism’s slim ambitions and its paucity of pugilism.
The NHL boasts the fastest, most dynamic players in its 100-year history, but the sport of grace has a credibility gap so long as pugilism is accepted in an age of vigilant scrutiny of concussions and head injuries.
At the same time, even ideological hard-liners who share the president’s pugilism but not his pragmatism have stuck by him because Mr. Trump has made the right enemies — and gleefully ridiculed them with public insults rarely heard from a president.
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Did You Know?
The practice of fighting for sport was in place in a number of Mediterranean civilizations by 1500 B.C. (and recent evidence suggests that it may have flourished in parts of eastern Africa before that). By the 7th century B.C., boxing had become a staple of the Olympic Games in Greece. Soon afterward, the Romans picked up the sport and introduced the word pugil (a noun related to the Latin pugnus, meaning "fist") to refer to a boxer. Boxing faded out with the decline of the Roman Empire, but resurged in popularity in the18th century. By the 1790s, "pugilist" and "pugilism" were firmly entrenched in the English lexicon.
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