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 for pugnacious
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pugnacious \Pug*na"cious\, a. [L. pugnax, -acis, fr. pugnare to
     fight. Cf. Pugilism, Fist.]
     Disposed to fight; inclined to fighting; quarrelsome;
     fighting. --{Pug*na"cious*ly, adv. -- Pug*na"cious*ness,
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: tough and callous by virtue of experience [syn: hard-
             bitten, hard-boiled, pugnacious]
      2: ready and able to resort to force or violence; "pugnacious
         spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an
         exhilarating disturbance"- Herman Melville; "they were rough
         and determined fighting men" [syn: pugnacious, rough]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  66 Moby Thesaurus words for "pugnacious":
     aggressive, antagonistic, battling, bellicose, belligerent,
     bickering, bloodthirsty, bloody, bloody-minded, brawling,
     chauvinist, chauvinistic, combative, contentious, disputatious,
     divisive, enemy, eristic, factional, factious, ferocious, fierce,
     fight, fighting, full of fight, hawkish, hostile, inimical,
     irascible, irritable, jingo, jingoish, jingoist, jingoistic,
     litigious, martial, militant, militaristic, military, offensive,
     partisan, polarizing, polemic, pushing, pushy, quarrelsome,
     rebellious, saber-rattling, sanguinary, sanguineous, savage,
     scrappy, self-assertive, shrewish, soldierlike, soldierly,
     trigger-happy, truculent, unfriendly, unpacific, unpeaceable,
     unpeaceful, warlike, warmongering, warring, wrangling

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