pugilist

Pugilist is a fancy word for boxer, one who indulges in the noble art of pugilism, or fighting with one's fists.

Be warned when people use the term pugilist or you see it in the paper. Nowadays such a term is often sarcastic in tone and critical of boxing's claims for legitimacy, often suggesting it's essentially savagery masquerading as sport. If you hear "the term "fighter" you can be more certain it's used with approval, or at least without prejudice.

Definitions of pugilist
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n someone who fights with his fists for sport

Synonyms:
boxer
Examples:
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Cassius Marcellus Clay
United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
James John Corbett
United States heavyweight boxing champion (1866-1933)
William Harrison Dempsey
United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (1895-1983)
Charles Liston
United States prizefighter who lost his world heavyweight championship to Cassius Clay in 1964 (1932-1970)
Joseph Louis Barrow
United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion for 12 years (1914-1981)
Rocco Marciano
United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship in 1952 (1924-1969)
Sugar Ray Robinson
United States prizefighter who won the world middleweight championship five times and the world welterweight championship once (1921-1989)
James Joseph Tunney
United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship by defeating Jack Dempsey twice (1898-1978)
Michael Gerald Tyson
United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (born in 1966)
Types:
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bantamweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 119 pounds
slogger, slugger
a boxer noted for an ability to deliver hard punches
featherweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 126 pounds
flyweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 112 pounds
heavyweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 201 pounds
junior featherweight
weighs no more than 122 pounds
junior lightweight
weighs no more than 130 pounds
junior middleweight
weighs no more than 154 pounds
junior welterweight
weighs no more than 140 pounds
light flyweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 106 pounds
light heavyweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 179 pounds
light middleweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 156 pounds
lightweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 132 pounds
light welterweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 140 pounds
middleweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 165 pounds
gladiator, prizefighter
a professional boxer
puncher
someone who delivers punches
sparring mate, sparring partner
a boxer who spars with another boxer who is training for an important fight
palooka, stumblebum
a second-rate prize fighter
super heavyweight
an amateur boxer who weighs more than 201 pounds
welterweight
an amateur boxer who weighs no more than 148 pounds
featherweight
a professional boxer who weighs between 123 and 126 pounds
heavyweight
a professional boxer who weighs more than 190 pounds
cruiserweight, light heavyweight
a professional boxer who weighs between 169 and 175 pounds
lightweight
a professional boxer who weighs between 131 and 135 pounds
middleweight
a professional boxer who weighs between 155 and 160 pounds
welterweight
a professional boxer who weighs between 141 and 147 pounds
Type of:
battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper
someone who fights (or is fighting)

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