Part of speech: adjective


Part of speech: noun

The art of boxing or fighting with the fists.

Part of speech: noun


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Usage examples "pugilism":

  1. He had meant to enjoy this star bout; only a week ago, in fact, before the Montreal horror loomed up, he had been considering just how an evening might be snatched from the happy home life without disturbing Beatrice- who, ignorant of modern pugilism, disapproved prize- fighting on the ground of brutality. - "In And Out", Edgar Franklin.
  2. And she shrugged her shoulders to indicate the futility of young John's pugilism. - "Lady Baltimore", Owen Wister.
  3. Mrs. Penniman, however, in spite of her pugilism, was a good deal frightened, and she took counsel of her fears. - "Washington Square", Henry James.