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pugilism (n.)

"the art or practice of fighting with the fists, gloved or not," 1789, from Latin pugil "boxer, fist-fighter," related to pugnus "fist" (from suffixed form of PIE root *peuk- "to prick") + -ism. Pugilation "fighting with fists," now obsolete, is recorded from 1650s.

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Definitions of pugilism

pugilism (n.)
fighting with the fists;
Synonyms: boxing / fisticuffs
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