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duel

du·el

duel

pronunciation:
dul [or] du l
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a formal, arranged fight between two people, usu. with pistols or swords, to defend their honor or settle a conflict.
The older man took this as an insult and challenged the younger to a duel.
definition 2: any contest pitting two people, factions, or concepts against each other.
Disagreement over this issue ignited a duel between the more liberal and more conservative members of the party.The duel between the two berserk drivers ended up in a senseless accident.
similar words:
rivalry, tilt
 
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: dueled, dueling, duels
definition: to engage in a duel.
He will duel with that man over his sister's honor.They dueled with pistols at dawn.
derivations: duelistic (adj.), dueler (n.)
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The words duel and dual (double) sound alike but have different meanings.
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