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English definition of “pugnacious”

pugnacious

adjective     /pʌɡˈneɪ.ʃəs/ formal
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     /pʌɡˈnæs.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/ noun [U] (also pugnaciousness,   /-nəs/   )
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