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
His nemesis is the FBI’s Head of National Security, John O’Neill (Daniels), a pugnacious charmer who wants to arrest bin Laden and try him as a criminal.
Erick Paul as the diminutive yet pugnacious Frank (short for Frankincense) does yeoman duty both with his acting and back-flipping gymnastics.
Muster was almost Nadal-like in his grinding, pugnacious play.
War with Britain’s pugnacious press marks a sharp change in Labour strategy.
Growing up in Florida, June3rd first got his introduction to music from his father, who showed him the likes of the pugnacious DMX and the melodic Boyz II Men.
Trippi said Jones faced criticism from some Democratic activists who wanted a more pugnacious approach to Trump.
From turning the Sun into a salacious, pugnacious best-selling tabloid in the U.K. to pioneering 24-hour news with Sky and Fox News, Murdoch has catalyzed change in the industry as much as responded to it.
The Patriot, the latest opening from prolific local restaurateur Chris Jarosz, adopts what some might find to be a rather pugnacious name for these politically divisive times.
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aggressive, argumentative, assaultive, bellicose, belligerent, brawly, combative, confrontational, contentious, discordant, disputatious, feisty, gladiatorial, militant, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent, warlike;
affable, amiable, amicable, benevolent, complaisant, conciliatory, cordial, easygoing, friendly, genial, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious, ingratiating, kindhearted, obliging, pleasant, sociable;
acidic, bearish, bilious, bristly, choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, disagreeable, dyspeptic, fractious, fretful, grouchy, grumpy, huffy, ill-humored, ill-natured, ill-tempered, irascible, irritable, ornery, peevish, pettish, petulant, prickly, querulous, rude, snappish, snappy, surly, testy, touchy, ugly, waspish;
on the warpath;
Synonym Discussion of pugnacious
- belligerent nations
- a drunk in a bellicose mood
- a pugnacious gangster
- the heat made us all quarrelsome
- wearied by his contentious disposition
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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