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
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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.
Midway through a pugnacious and loquacious playing career that ended five months ago, Steve Ott found a fresh notepad in his home office and began jotting down ideas.
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.
Party lawmakers are keenly aware that while they may be rankled by Trump’s pugnacious tweeting and his relish of a fight, the GOP base remains loyal to the president.
Hieb presides at a central table alongside a kindly white-haired priest and RDNY’s chairman of the board, a pugnacious sexagenarian named Johnny Wilde.
In the remarks, Trump delivered a doomsday warning to North Korea and mocked its young leader, a pugnacious escalation in rhetoric in a wide-ranging debut address to the world's foremost diplomatic body.
Bannon, the pugnacious former Trump official who helped orchestrate his 2016 outsider campaign, has been an outspoken critic of both Ryan and McConnell and is already channeling that criticism into a parallel war.
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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
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