March 11, 2014
- pugnacious (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- : showing a readiness to fight
- How do you use it?
- The school bully is a mean, pugnacious kid who is always causing problems for his classmates.
- Are you a word wiz?
Given what you know about "pugnacious," what other words do you think have the same root word?If you chose C, you won't get any argument from us. "Pugnacious," "mpugn," and "repugnant" all stem from the Latin word "pugnare," meaning "to fight." The connection between "pugnacious" and "pugnare" is pretty clear, but what about "impugn" and "repugnant"? The verb "impugn" means to attack as false or as not trustworthy. If you impugn someone's character, for example, you bring a fight against it with words. "Repugnant" is an adjective that refers to something that causes distaste or dislike, came from the Latin verb "repugnare," which means "to fight against." If something is repugnant to you, then you fight against its influence.