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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pugnacious mean? 

PUGNACIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective PUGNACIOUS has 2 senses:

1. tough and callous by virtue of experience
2. ready and able to resort to force or violence

  Familiarity information: PUGNACIOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

PUGNACIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1pugnacious [BACK TO TOP]


Tough and callous by virtue of experience


hard-bitten; hard-boiled; pugnacious


tough (not given to gentleness or sentimentality)

Sense 2pugnacious [BACK TO TOP]


Ready and able to resort to force or violence


pugnacious; rough

Context examples:

pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance / they were rough and determined fighting men


aggressive (having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends)

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