pu·​gi·​list | \ ˈpyü-jə-list How to pronounce pugilist (audio) \

Definition of pugilist

: fighter especially : a professional boxer

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Examples of pugilist in a Sentence

a pugilist with the trademark of the boxing ring: a nose that showed signs of having been broken on more than one occasion
Recent Examples on the Web So Momo soon carves a space at Casa Rosa alongside two other boys, though his hard shell hardly cracks on contact: Scared and furious, his default mode is bravado; one tiny, prickly pugilist against the world. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Sentimental Netflix drama The Life Ahead finds its heart in star Sophia Loren: Review," 13 Nov. 2020 In 2016, Republican primary voters were offered several continuity candidates and a few ideological pugilists such as Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "LISTEN TO THIS ARTICLE," 29 Apr. 2020 Kentuckians are having their lives upended due to COVID-19, but pugilist politics related to the U.S. Senate race remain a staple as negative advertisements seize the airwaves. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "On Politics: Mitch McConnell, Amy McGrath continue to battle on TV amid pandemic," 21 Mar. 2020 Bucky appears in that novel as a homicide detective and pugilist, who takes part in a notably bloody bout with another detective. Stuart Franklin, The New York Review of Books, "Ellroy Confidential," 10 Mar. 2020 Each of the pugilists landed a couple of solid shots. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin were the headliners, but it was T.J. Oshie who stole the show here Wednesday night when the Bruins and Capitals, the NHL’s two best teams this season, went head to head at Capital One Arena.," 13 Dec. 2019 And, in the center of all this activity stood boxing rings with young pugilists training or exchanging blows while round buzzers buzzed on cue. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rubén Rosario: An old Midway warehouse mixes ballet, boxing and more," 15 Nov. 2019 Unlike their pugilist forebears, Adesanya and Usman are very much 21st Century-type stars with global identities and influences. Chidinma Irene Nwoye, Quartz Africa, "One of the world’s fastest-growing sports is building its brand around these Nigerian stars," 2 Nov. 2019 The wreck ejected the world champion pugilist, who was not wearing a seat belt, police said. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Boxing champ Errol Spence Jr. hospitalized after being ejected from Ferrari in Dallas," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of pugilist

circa 1740, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pugilist was circa 1740

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“Pugilist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pugilist. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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old-fashioned + somewhat formal : a professional boxer

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