Pugnacious means ready for a fight. If you're pugnacious, you might find it hard to make friends. On the other hand, you might be a very successful professional boxer one day.

Your brother is a pugnacious thug — always ready to use his fists to settle arguments, and he has the strength to do so. That’s the literal sense of pugnacious. You can use pugnacious figuratively, too. When two candidates face off in a debate during a close election, one or the other might be pugnacious. He looks to pick a fight with his opponent and is willing to say almost anything, no matter how outrageous, to make his opponent look bad.

Definitions of pugnacious
  1. adjective
    ready and able to resort to force or violence
    “" pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"- Herman Melville”
    synonyms: rough
    having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
  2. adjective
    tough and callous by virtue of experience
    synonyms: hard-bitten, hard-boiled
    not given to gentleness or sentimentality
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