- Word Parts
|part of speech:
||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.
- pacific, peaceable
- similar words:
- truculent, warlike
||aggressive, belligerent, choleric, martial, militant, offensive, quarrelsome, turbulent
||pugnaciously (adv.), pugnaciousness (n.), pugnacity (n.)
The word pugnacious
contains the following parts:
that means fight
that means full of, characterized by
More about this word part:
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."