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pugnacious

adjective uk   /pʌɡˈneɪ.ʃəs/ formal us  
wanting to start an argument or fight, or expressing an argument or opinion very forcefully: I found him pugnacious and arrogant.Bad-temperedViolent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
pugnacity
noun [U] uk   /pʌɡˈnæs.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/ (also pugnaciousness,   /-nəs/   )
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