Pugilism definition

pyo͝ojə-lĭzəm
The skill, practice, and sport of fighting with the fists; boxing.
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Fighting with fists, boxing.
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Noun

Singular:
pugilism
Plural:
pugilisms

Origin of pugilism

  • From Latin pugil pugilist peuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1791, from Latin pugil (“fist") +"Ž -ism, related to pugnus (“fist"), from Proto-Indo-European roots. Compare contemporary pugilist (“boxer") (1790).

    From Wiktionary