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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpugnaciouspug‧na‧cious /pʌɡˈneɪʃəs/ adjective formal  FIGHTvery eager to argue or fight with people The professor had been pugnacious and irritable.pugnaciously adverbpugnacity /pʌɡˈnæsəti/ noun [uncountable]
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pugnaciousThe missing face is that of the late Cecil Spence, Mayor in 1977-78 and as principled as he was pugnacious.When drinking, he becomes pugnacious and rude.Reg Seekings, a short, stocky and pugnacious East Anglian, had achieved a considerable reputation in the boxing ring.A caustically witty and pugnacious man, Wade is a charismatic speaker who can keep a crowd spellbound.Congressmen have been less pugnacious since then, and in exchange Mr Borja has stopped trying to reform things much.A man of great personal charm, he was yet stubborn and pugnacious towards those with whom he disagreed.Crystalizing these feelings was a youthful, pugnacious writer named Norman Mailer.
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