What does the word pugilism mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Edgar Franklin
  2. And she shrugged her shoulders to indicate the futility of young John's pugilism. – Lady Baltimore by 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 by Henry James