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EtymologyEdit

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

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NounEdit

pugilism (countable and uncountable, plural pugilisms)

  1. Fighting with fists.
    Synonym: boxing

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ pugilism” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.