But it gets only harder from here, particularly given Mr. Youngkin’s efforts to grow his upbeat brand with a national Republican electorate that likes its politicians openly pugnacious.
—New York Times
A pugnacious pivot in Chinese diplomacy has undermined its constant promises of peace.
On this day, give thanks that you have lived to be reminded by Zelensky that some pugnacious individualism is magnificently resistant to suppression.
ready and able to resort to force or violence
Pugnacious means ready for a fight. If you’re pugnacious, you might find it hard to make friends. On the other hand, you might be a very successful professional boxer one day.
Your brother is a pugnacious thug — always ready to use his fists to settle arguments, and he has the strength to do so. That’s the literal sense of pugnacious. You can use pugnacious figuratively, too. When two candidates face off in a debate during a close election, one or the other might be pugnacious. He looks to pick a fight with his opponent and is willing to say almost anything, no matter how outrageous, to make his opponent look bad.
He is macho, competitive, pugnacious and troubled – maybe the product of generations hardened by random violence.
—Taking photographs of Holocaust survivors helped me find my own identity by Harry Borden
The woman in the flared party dress and the guy in motorcycle-gang attire are twisting and bopping to 1950s rock, but a pugnacious edge keeps creeping into the steps.
穿着喇叭形派对礼服的女人和穿着摩托车帮派服装的男人在 50 年代的摇滚乐中扭来扭去，但好斗的锋芒不断蔓延到台阶上。
—A good bet: ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ at Synetic Theater by ???
“You leave ‘Divide and Conquer’ energized and incensed, and with a grudging admiration for Ailes’s pugnacious instincts,” Ben Kenigsberg wrote in his review for The Times.
—What’s on TV Sunday: ‘Leaving Neverland’ and ‘Good Girls’ by ???
pugnacious (adj.)"disposed to fight, quarrelsome," 1640s, a back-formation from pugnacity or else from Latin pugnacis, genitive of pugnax "combative, fond of fighting," from pugnare "to fight," especially with the fists, "contend against," from pugnus "a fist" (from PIE pung-, nasalized form of root peuk- "to prick"). Related: Pugnaciously; pugnaciousness.Related entries & more
pugnacious (adj.)“倾向于战斗，好争吵”，1640 年代，来自 pugnacity 或拉丁语 pugnacis 的后排形式，pugnax 的属格“好斗的，喜欢战斗”，来自 pugnare “战斗”，尤其是用拳头， “对抗”，来自 pugnus “拳头”（来自 PIE pung-，词根 peuk- 的鼻化形式，“刺”）。相关：好斗；好斗。相关条目及更多
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