Examples of pugnacious in a Sentence
That's a bass for you: pugnacious, adaptable and ever ready to demonstrate that the first order of business on any given day, drought or no drought, is eating anything that it can fit its big, powerful mouth around. —Pete Bodo, New York Times, 22 Oct. 1995
Herz sees himself as a pugnacious sardine going up against rule-flouting sharks. —Richard Wolkomir, Smithsonian, August 1992
He was a short man with heavy shoulders, a slight potbelly, puffy blue eyes, and a pugnacious expression. —Alice Munro, New Yorker, 2 Jan. 1989
Podhoretz takes a more pugnacious and protesting stance, insisting on the word “seriousness” at all times and punctuating it with the word “moral”. —Christopher Hitchens, Times Literary Supplement, 30 May 1986
There's one pugnacious member on the committee who won't agree to anything.
a movie reviewer who is spirited, even pugnacious, when defending her opinions
Recent Examples of pugnacious from the Web
Uber is famous for its pugnacious approach to business and willingness to fight any and all competition.
Kalanick's pugnacious style largely defined Uber's approach and helped it become a transportation colossus valued at $68 billion, the largest private firm backed by venture capitalists in the world.
Trump has a compulsion to counter-attack and is very pugnacious.
Americans were taken immediately by the rambunctious candidate’s unusual style and pugnacious attitude.
But in the hours after the shooting, the president, whose pugnacious style has come to define this era of bruising partisanship, avoided any mention of the political debate surrounding the shooting.
The president, who had followed the advice of his lawyers to refrain from commenting Thursday, was characteristically pugnacious in his presentation Friday and opted mostly to deliver broadsides rather than address the details of Comey’s testimony.
On the right is a small, trim figure, gazing down, as shy as Churchill is pugnacious, and clad for the heat in a three-piece suit and a stiff collar: T. E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia.
Though their mission is pugnacious, playfulness is central to the Superflex worldview.
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Synonym Discussion of pugnacious
PUGNACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of pugnacious for English Language Learners
: showing a readiness or desire to fight or argue
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