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Main Entry: pug·na·cious Listen to the pronunciation of pugnacious
Etymology: Latin pugnac-, pugnax, from pugnare to fight — more at pungent
Definition: having a quarrelsome or combative nature : truculent
synonyms see belligerent
— pug·na·cious·ly adverb
— pug·na·cious·ness noun
— pug·nac·i·ty Listen to the pronunciation of pugnacity \-ˈna-sə-tē\ noun
(Source: Merriam-Webster online)