battle


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battle

(Dispute), noun action, affair, affray, argument, campaign, clash, collision, conflict, confrontation, contention, contest, crusade, discord, dispute, dissension, encounter, hostilities, ordeal, resistance, row, showdown, strife, struggle

battle

(Fight), noun affray, altercation, armed conflict, bout, brawl, combat, conflict, fracas, fray, free-for-all, melee, quarrel, rift, scuffle, skirmish, tussle, war, warfare

battle

(Dispute), verb altercate, argue, attack, bicker, campaign, clash, compete, contend, contest, debate, dissent, encounter, engage, grapple, litigate, oppose, resist, strike at, struggle, take on, wrangle

battle

(Fight), verb assault, attack, combat, come to blows, physically assault, pummel, resist, skirmish
See also: affray, altercation, bicker, collision, compete, conflict, confrontation, contend, contest, defy, disagree, dispute, engage, fracas, fray, grapple, involve, oppose, resistance, strife, struggle

battle

trial by battle was an ancient form of alternative dispute resolution by which parties fought each other to the death. Champions could be substituted. It was abolished in England after 1818. In Scotland, it took longer for a final determination on competency, a ruling on the point being sought only in 1985.
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It became, emphatically, the bloody arena, in which most of the battles for the mastery of the colonies were contested.
Here they arrived undiscovered, and a battle ensued, which lasted until ten o'clock, A.
And there was an old gentleman who shall be nameless, being too rich a mynheer to be lightly mentioned, who, in the battle of White Plains, being an excellent master of defence, parried a musket-ball with a small-sword, insomuch that he absolutely felt it whiz round the blade, and glance off at the hilt; in proof of which he was ready at any time to show the sword, with the hilt a little bent.
They would wrap up in all they owned, but they could not wrap up against exhaustion; and many a man gave out in these battles with the snowdrifts, and lay down and fell asleep.
They slay and are slain, but the men of Zwide are many and brave, and the battle turns against us.
Albert Malvoisin, give this gage of battle to Brian de Bois-Guilbert.
He crossed the courtyard at a walk, and coming to where the duennas were placed stopped to look at her who demanded him for a husband; the marshal of the field summoned Don Quixote, who had already presented himself in the courtyard, and standing by the side of Tosilos he addressed the duennas, and asked them if they consented that Don Quixote of La Mancha should do battle for their right.
I fell beside a huge monster who was engaged with three antagonists, and as I glanced at his fierce face, filled with the light of battle, I recognized Tars Tarkas the Thark.
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.
In the hearing of this present din he was doubtful if he had seen real battle scenes.
The children felt as if they were transported back to those forgotten times, and that the couriers from the army, with the news of a battle lost or won, might even now be heard galloping through the streets.
It is very probable that, had the Battle of Salamis never been fought, the face of the world would have been much as we behold it now, fashioned by the mediocre inspiration and the short-sighted labours of men.