Pugilism is another name for the sport of boxing. If you're a fan of pugilism, you probably enjoy watching people punch each other while wearing boxing gloves.

If you're thinking about taking up a new sport and a friend suggests pugilism, she's talking about boxing. If you take up pugilism, you'll learn the footwork to use in a ring, and how to hold your gloves to protect your body and punch your opponent. Pugilism comes from the Latin word pugil, "boxer or fist fighter," a close relative of pugnus, "fist."

Definitions of pugilism
  1. noun
    fighting with the fists
    synonyms: boxing, fisticuffs
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    professional boxing
    boxing for money
    boxing at close quarters
    a boxing or wrestling match
    a boxing tactic: pretending to be trapped against the ropes while your opponent wears himself out throwing punches
    spar, sparring
    making the motions of attack and defense with the fists and arms; a part of training for a boxer
    type of:
    contact sport
    a sport that necessarily involves body contact between opposing players
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