duellistic

duel

[doo-uhl, dyoo-]
noun
1.
a prearranged combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons according to an accepted code of procedure, especially to settle a private quarrel.
2.
any contest between two persons or parties.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dueled, dueling or (especially British) duelled, duelling.
3.
to fight in a duel.

Origin:
1585–95; earlier duell < Medieval Latin duellum, Latin: earlier form of bellum war, probably maintained and given sense “duel” by association with Latin duo two

duelistic; especially British, duellistic, adjective
outduel, verb (used with object), outdueled, outdueling or (especially British) outduelled, outduelling.

dual, duel.
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duel (ˈdjuːəl)
 
n
1.  a prearranged combat with deadly weapons between two people following a formal procedure in the presence of seconds and traditionally fought until one party was wounded or killed, usually to settle a quarrel involving a point of honour
2.  a contest or conflict between two persons or parties
 
vb , duels, duelling, duelled, duels, dueling, dueled
3.  to fight in a duel
4.  to contest closely
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, poetical variant of bellum war; associated by folk etymology with Latin duo two]
 
'dueller
 
n
 
'duellist
 
n

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duel
late 15c., from M.L. duellum "combat between two persons," by association with L. duo "two," but originally from L. duellum "war," an Old Latin form of bellum. Retained in poetic and archaic language and apparently given a special meaning in M.L. or L.L. of "one-on-one combat" on fancied connection with
duo "two." Related: Dueling.
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