pugilism

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

1791, from Latin pugil (fist) +‎ -ism, related to pugnus (fist),[1] from Proto-Indo-European roots. Compare contemporary pugilist (boxer) (1790).

Noun[edit]

pugilism (countable and uncountable, plural pugilisms)

  1. fighting with fists, boxing

Usage notes[edit]

A rather fancy term, and may be considered pretentious. The simpler term boxing is much more common.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ pugilism” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).