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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

1791, from Latin pugil(fist) +‎ -ism, related to pugnus(fist),[1] from Proto-Indo-European roots. Compare contemporary pugilist(boxer) (1790).

NounEdit

pugilism ‎(countable and uncountable, plural pugilisms)

  1. fighting with fists, boxing

Related termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ pugilism” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).