Definition of pugilistic in US English:

pugilistic

adjective

dated, humorous
  • See pugilist

    • ‘A favorite uncle provided pointers on pugilistic defenses against bullies - namely her father, who was the first regular bully in her life.’
    • ‘Her continued efforts at world pugilistic dominance recommence on Jan.16 in championships in Pointe Claire, where she'll be battling again to maintain her ranking.’
    • ‘Finding no solace at home, he is taunted, bullied and beaten by a pugilistic stepfather and eventually sent by his sympathetic, but passive, mother to a private boarding school to study his sixth form.’
    • ‘Political infighting rarely comes to real fisticuffs, but the Scottish Tories at their Dundee conference this weekend were clearly being inspired by pugilistic events going on at Hampden.’
    • ‘Buried in his pugilistic proclamation - in which he also declared war on ‘nonviolent civil disobedience’ - was a curious invitation.’

Pronunciation

pugilistic

/ˌpyo͞ojəˈlistik//ˌpjudʒəˈlɪstɪk/