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See also synonyms for: pugnaciousness / pugnacity

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  • easygoing
  • kind
  • laid-back
  • nice
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How to use pugnacious in a sentence

His tenacity in conducting rigorous experiments and his pugnacious public promotion of his findings established the germ theory of disease and encouraged new methods of hygiene.
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This includes a pugnacious grill, menacing headlights and sleek LED taillights.
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Rumsfeld was more complex and paradoxical than the public caricature of him as a pugnacious, inflexible villain would suggest.
DONALD H. RUMSFELD, INFLUENTIAL BUT CONTROVERSIAL BUSH DEFENSE SECRETARY, DIES AT 88BRADLEY GRAHAMJUNE 30, 2021WASHINGTON POST
It all ended badly last October when Glenn Greenwald, the pugnacious, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, quit the investigative news site he had co-founded six years earlier.
GLENN GREENWALD MAY HAVE QUIT THE INTERCEPT, BUT HE CAN’T QUIT THE FEUDPAUL FARHIMAY 21, 2021WASHINGTON POST
To be sure, the pugnacious poet had his moments of assurance.
TWO CENTURIES AFTER JOHN KEATS’S DEATH, HIS FAMOUS ODES ARE STILL SPARKING NEW DISCUSSIONSTROY JOLLIMOREFEBRUARY 25, 2021WASHINGTON POST
Supported by Thurstane's pugnacious presence and hurried up by his vehement orders, they began to fire.
OVERLANDJOHN WILLIAM DE FOREST
He had never, in all his pugnacious and sanguinary life, looked upon anything so fascinating.
OVERLANDJOHN WILLIAM DE FOREST
It was not the headlong, reckless, pugnacious rage of the old Anglo-Saxon and Scandinavian berserker.
OVERLANDJOHN WILLIAM DE FOREST
"Get about your own business and leave us alone," advised the pugnacious chap.
FRANK MERRIWELL'S PURSUITBURT L. STANDISH
The Scotch are certainly a most pugnacious people; their whole history proves it.
LAVENGROGEORGE BORROW
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WORDS RELATED TO PUGNACIOUS

  • advancing
  • antipathetic
  • assailing
  • attacking
  • barbaric
  • bellicose
  • combative
  • contentious
  • destructive
  • disruptive
  • disturbing
  • encroaching
  • hawkish
  • intruding
  • intrusive
  • invading
  • martial
  • militant
  • offensive
  • pugnacious
  • quarrelsome
  • rapacious
  • threatening
  • warlike
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.