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
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.
President Trump has doubled down on sanctions in the standoff with the North, dismissed talks as a waste of time, stepped up military drills and rattled the region with pugnacious threats.
Ever pugnacious and seemingly never aware of rules being broken on his behalf, Pitino issued a statement Tuesday night expressing shock at what the FBI found.
This is a pretty accurate distillation of the Tapper brand, one cultivated over years of unsparing interviews and pugnacious tweets.
The film shows Ray as a pugnacious, nattily dressed skeleton who never stops smoking.
The look of deep confusion and fear that suddenly crosses the face of this normally pugnacious girl is heartbreaking.
But like their South American peacock bass cousins, the brightly colored Rio Grandes, the males all brilliant blue with white spots and with a distinctive hump in their head when in spawning mode, are strong, pugnacious battlers.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pugnacious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Synonymsaggressive, agonistic, argumentative, assaultive, bellicose, brawly, chippy, combative, confrontational, contentious, discordant, disputatious, feisty, gladiatorial, militant, belligerent, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent, warlike
Antonymsnonaggressive, nonbelligerent, pacific, peaceable, peaceful, unbelligerent, uncombative, uncontentious
Related Wordsantagonistic, fierce, hostile, hot-tempered; 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, stroppy [British], surly, testy, touchy, ugly, waspish; savage, vicious; battling, fighting, warring
Near Antonymsanti-imperialist, antimilitarist, unwarlike; affable, amiable, amicable, benevolent, complaisant, conciliatory, cordial, easygoing, friendly, genial, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious, ingratiating, kindhearted, obliging, pleasant, sociable; calm, quiet, relaxed, serene, tranquil; benign, gentle, kindly, mild
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
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up pugnacious? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).