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pugnacious adj
1 tough and callous by virtue of experience [syn: hard-bitten, hard-boiled]
2 ready and able to resort to force or violence; "pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"- Herman Melville; "they were rough and determined fighting men" [syn: rough]

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  1. Aggressive, combative, war-like, belligerent.
    Don't antagonize him; he's big and has a pugnacious disposition.


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