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CHAMPION. He who fights for another, or takes his place in a quarrel; it also includes him who fights his own battles. Bract. lib. 4, t. 2, c. 12.

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That stately form, combining the leader and the saint, so gray, so dimly seen, in such an ancient garb, could only belong to some old champion of the righteous cause, whom the oppressor's drum had summoned from his grave.
Sit down your own people, and the Achaeans will send some other champion to fight Hector; fearless and fond of battle though he be, I ween his knees will bend gladly under him if he comes out alive from the hurly-burly of this fight.
She said no more, but suffered her own champion to make a trial.
The whisky, of course, was the choice brand of The Champion Arms; the cigar he had probably brought with him from London.
There was a general laugh, and the young champion said: "Well, then ?
Our Champion told me that when he shouted his battle-cry the creatures shuddered and drew back, hesitating to continue the combat.
Well, if you like," little Osborne replied; for you see his papa kept a carriage, and he was rather ashamed of his champion.
Thou who, in all Thy mighty, earthly marchings, ever cullest Thy selectest champions from the kingly commons; bear me out in it, O God!
knave, fill the goblets To the strong in arms, Sir Templar, be their race or language what it will, who now bear them best in Palestine among the champions of the Cross
WREATHED in myrtle, my sword I'll conceal Like those champions devoted and brave, When they plunged in the tyrant their steel, And to Athens deliverance gave.
Comrades of the thunder and companions of death, I cannot but regard it as singularly fortunate that we who by conviction and sympathy are designated by nature as the champions of that fairest of her products, the white metal, should also, by a happy chance, be engaged mostly in the business of mining it.
Not till the day before the courses were the shields finally hung out for the inspection of the ladies and the heralds, so that all men might know the names of the champions and have the opportunity to prefer any charge against them, should there be stain upon them which should disqualify them from taking part in so noble and honorable a ceremony.