fighting words

fight·ing word
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahy-ting wurd]
    • /ˈfaɪ tɪŋ wɜrd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahy-ting wurd]
    • /ˈfaɪ tɪŋ wɜrd/

Definitions of fighting words words

  • noun fighting words Usually, fighting words. language that arouses rage in an antagonist. 1
  • noun fighting words a remark that stirs up antagonism 0
  • noun fighting words (set phrase) Aggressive remarks that foreseeably may lead to a potentially violent confrontation; in law, often considered mitigation for otherwise sanctionable behavior (fighting). 0

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fighting words popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 31% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 69% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

fighting words usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for fighting words

noun fighting words

  • taunt — to reproach in a sarcastic, insulting, or jeering manner; mock.
  • threat — a declaration of an intention or determination to inflict punishment, injury, etc., in retaliation for, or conditionally upon, some action or course; menace: He confessed under the threat of imprisonment.

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