English

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Etymology

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From pugilist +‎ -ic, alternatively pugil +‎ -istic.

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Adjective

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pugilistic (comparative more pugilistic, superlative most pugilistic)

  1. In the manner of a pugilist.
    • 1898, H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, Penguin Books, published 1962, page 101:
      It was no time for pugilistic chivalry, and my brother laid him quiet with a kick, and gripped the collar of the man who pulled at the slender lady's arm.
    • 2016 February 7, Michael Barbaro, “Once Impervious, Marco Rubio Is Diminished by a Caustic Chris Christie”, in The New York Times[1]:
      Mr. Christie, who as a presidential candidate has frequently suppressed his most pugilistic instincts, cast off any restraint and did what he does best: slice and slash.
  2. Fighting with the fists.

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Romanian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from French pugilistique.

Adjective

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pugilistic m or n (feminine singular pugilistică, masculine plural pugilistici, feminine and neuter plural pugilistice)

  1. pugilistic

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