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
Unafraid of confrontation and unencumbered by an active sense of humor, Bunning could come across as pugnacious.
In Europe, however, the pugnacious side of Mr. Trump reasserted itself.
Moore’s devilish smile and famously cocked eyebrow made his Bond a more polished, albeit less pugnacious, chap than former bodybuilder Connery’s robust warrior.
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Origin and Etymology of pugnacious
Latin pugnac-, pugnax, from pugnare to fight — more at pungent
First Known Use: 1642
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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