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Cantankerous vs. Pugnacious

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  • Cantankerous (adjective)

    Given to or marked by an ill-tempered nature; ill-tempered, cranky, surly, crabby.

  • Pugnacious (adjective)

    Naturally aggressive or hostile; combative; belligerent; bellicose.

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  • Cantankerous (adjective)

    Perverse; contentious; ugly; malicious.

  • Pugnacious (adjective)

    Disposed to fight; inclined to fighting; quarrelsome; fighting.

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  • Cantankerous (adjective)

    stubbornly obstructive and unwilling to cooperate;

    "unions...have never been as bloody-minded about demarcation as the shipbuilders"

  • Cantankerous (adjective)

    having a difficult and contrary disposition;

    "a cantankerous and venomous-tongued old lady"

  • Pugnacious (adjective)

    tough and callous by virtue of experience

  • Pugnacious (adjective)

    ready and able to resort to force or violence;

    "pugnacious spirits...lamented that there was so little prospect of an exhilarating disturbance"

    "they were rough and determined fighting men"

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