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pugnacious

pug·na·cious

pugnacious

 
pronunciation:
puhg neI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition: ready or eager to fight; overly aggressive or quarrelsome.
The two pugnacious older sons were frequently involved in brawls.Dementia was causing the old man to become increasingly pugnacious and difficult to care for.
antonyms:
pacific, peaceable
similar words:
truculent, warlike
derivations: pugnaciously (adv.), pugnaciousness (n.), pugnacity (n.)
Word Parts
The word pugnacious contains the following parts:
pug, pugn Latin root that means fight
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-acious Latin adjective-forming suffix that means full of, characterized by
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The suffix -acious forms adjectives from Latinate nouns ending in "-acity," "-acy," or "-ce." Most common adjectives ending in -acious have a corresponding noun form ending in "-acity."