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gladiator

[glad-ee-ey-ter] /ˈglæd iˌeɪ tər/
noun
1.
(in ancient Rome) a person, often a slave or captive, who was armed with a sword or other weapon and compelled to fight to the death in a public arena against another person or a wild animal, for the entertainment of the spectators.
2.
a person who engages in a fight or controversy.
3.
a prizefighter.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin gladiātor, equivalent to gladi(us) sword + -ātor -ator
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Examples for gladiator
  • At gladiator school neither safety, health as such, or mental well-being was much of a consideration.
  • The gladiator having entered the lists is seeking advice.
  • When a gladiator was vanquished it rested with the spectators to decide whether he should be slain or not.
  • The setting: a gladiator-style arena where jockeys go head-to-head astride rockets.
  • Few of us would consider it morally acceptable to go to a gladiator fight or a dogfight.
  • Other excavations in the area have revealed gladiator epitaphs, a circus for chariot races, and thermal baths.
  • Some were accused of instigating gladiator-style prizefights in the cell blocks.
  • In any case, prime-time gladiator shows would ensure dramatic balance, the blood of the crime answered by the blood of the arena.
  • Age-old gladiator sandals hold a fearsome appeal among today's style arbiters.
  • He was a meat-eating, knuckle-dragging gladiator, and the company was frothing with anticipation at the clash.
British Dictionary definitions for gladiator

gladiator

/ˈɡlædɪˌeɪtə/
noun
1.
(in ancient Rome and Etruria) a man trained to fight in arenas to provide entertainment
2.
a person who supports and fights publicly for a cause
Word Origin
C16: from Latin: swordsman, from gladius sword
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Word Origin and History for gladiator
gladiator
1540s, from L. gladiator, lit. "swordsman," from gladius "sword," supposedly from Gaul. *kladyos (cf. O.Ir. claideb, Welsh cleddyf, Breton kleze "sword"), from PIE base *qelad- "to strike, beat."
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