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Definition 1: ready and able to resort to force or violence - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where pugnacious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for pugnacious in the sense of this definition

(pugnacious is similar to ...) having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

"an aggressive businessman" "an aggressive basketball player" "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions" "aggressive drivers"

Definition 2: tough and callous by virtue of experience - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Synonyms for pugnacious in the sense of this definition

(pugnacious is similar to ...) not given to gentleness or sentimentality

"a tough character"

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