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gladiatorial

[glad-ee-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌglæd i əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to gladiators or to their combats.
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Latin gladiātōri(us) (see gladiator, -tory1) + -al1
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  • Debates are barbed and sometimes vicious-especially during the gladiatorial spectacle of prime minister's questions.
  • Nor will the stage be the only scene of gladiatorial contests.
  • gladiatorial training may have added some new tricks to his sword handling.
  • It forbids duels, prize fights, gladiatorial shows and pit games which are a menace to human life.
British Dictionary definitions for gladiatorial

gladiatorial

/ˌɡlædɪəˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
1.
of, characteristic of, or relating to gladiators, combat, etc
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Word Origin and History for gladiatorial
adj.

1750s, from Latin gladiatorius (see gladiator) + -al (1).

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