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
Yet his pugnacious reputation doesn't jibe with his appearance.
Police were nowhere in sight, and neither were the bands of pugnacious supporters of the ruling Sandinista party who triggered some of the violence at previous demonstrations.
And yet the try-anything, pugnacious attitude that characterized her campaign for state auditor is conspicuously absent from her gubernatorial campaign.
The campaign stage didn't suit the low-key congressman, who struggled to defend his fiscal analysis when faced with more pugnacious scrutiny.
Enter John Bolton, the pugnacious former U.N. ambassador who took over Monday as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser — the third person to hold the job in barely 14 months.
The tone was original, the reportage read like literature, the style was uncompromising, and the analysis pugnacious.
The yearlong ban for Warner, the pugnacious 31-year-old opening batsman, may mean an end to his international career.
These dogs are — forgive me — a pretty pugnacious bunch.
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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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