gladiator


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Gladiator \Glad"i*a`tor\, n. [L., fr. gladius sword. See
   Glaive.]
   1. Originally, a swordplayer; hence, one who fought with
      weapons in public, either on the occasion of a funeral
      ceremony, or in the arena, for public amusement.
      [1913 Webster]

   2. One who engages in any fierce combat or controversy.
      Gladiatorial
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