browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z
contest

more about contest

contest


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contest  \Con*test"\,  v.  i. 
  To  engage  in  contention,  or  emulation;  to  contend;  to  strive; 
  to  vie;  to  emulate;  --  followed  usually  by  with 
 
  The  difficulty  of  an  argument  adds  to  the  pleasure  of 
  contesting  with  it  when  there  are  hopes  of  victory. 
  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  Of  man,  who  dares  in  pomp  with  Jove  contest?  --Pope. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contest  \Con*test"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Contested};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Contesting}.]  [F.  contester,  fr  L.  contestari  to 
  call  to  witness,  contestari  litem  to  introduce  a  lawsuit  by 
  calling  witnesses,  to  bring  an  action  con-  +  testari  to  be  a 
  witness,  testic  witness.  See  {Testify}.] 
  1.  To  make  a  subject  of  dispute,  contention,  litigation,  or 
  emulation;  to  contend  for  to  call  in  question;  to 
  controvert;  to  oppose;  to  dispute. 
 
  The  people  .  .  .  contested  not  what  was  done 
  --Locke. 
 
  Few  philosophical  aphorisms  have  been  more  frequenty 
  repeated,  few  more  contested  than  this  --J.  D. 
  Morell. 
 
  2.  To  strive  earnestly  to  hold  or  maintain;  to  struggle  to 
  defend;  as  the  troops  contested  every  inch  of  ground. 
 
  3.  (Law)  To  make  a  subject  of  litigation;  to  defend,  as  a 
  suit;  to  dispute  or  resist;  as  a  claim,  by  course  of  law; 
  to  controvert. 
 
  {To  contest  an  election}.  (Polit.) 
  a  To  strive  to  be  elected. 
  b  To  dispute  the  declared  result  of  an  election. 
 
  Syn:  To  dispute;  controvert;  debate;  litigate;  oppose;  argue; 
  contend. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contest  \Con"test\,  n. 
  1.  Earnest  dispute;  strife  in  argument;  controversy;  debate; 
  altercation. 
 
  Leave  all  noisy  contests,  all  immodest  clamors  and 
  brawling  language.  --I.  Watts. 
 
  2.  Earnest  struggle  for  superiority,  victory,  defense,  etc.; 
  competition;  emulation;  strife  in  arms;  conflict;  combat; 
  encounter. 
 
  The  late  battle  had  in  effect,  been  a  contest 
  between  one  usurper  and  another.  --Hallam. 
 
  It  was  fully  expected  that  the  contest  there  would 
  be  long  and  fierce.  --Macaulay. 
 
  Syn:  Conflict;  combat;  battle;  encounter;  shock;  struggle; 
  dispute;  altercation;  debate;  controvesy;  difference; 
  disagreement;  strife. 
 
  Usage:  {Contest},  {Conflict},  {Combat},  {Encounter}.  Contest 
  is  the  broadest  term,  and  had  originally  no  reference 
  to  actual  fighting.  It  was  on  the  contrary,  a  legal 
  term  signifying  to  call  witnesses,  and  hence  came  to 
  denote  first  a  struggle  in  argument,  and  then  a 
  struggle  for  some  common  object  between  opposing 
  parties,  usually  one  of  considerable  duration,  and 
  implying  successive  stages  or  acts  Conflict  denotes 
  literally  a  close  personal  engagement,  in  which  sense 
  it  is  applied  to  actual  fighting.  It  is  however,  more 
  commonly  used  in  a  figurative  sense  to  denote 
  strenuous  or  direct  opposition;  as  a  mental  conflict; 
  conflicting  interests  or  passions;  a  conflict  of  laws. 
  An  encounter  is  a  direct  meeting  face  to  face.  Usually 
  it  is  a  hostile  meeting,  and  is  then  very  nearly 
  coincident  with  conflict;  as  an  encounter  of  opposing 
  hosts.  Sometimes  it  is  used  in  a  looser  sense  as 
  ``this  keen  encounter  of  our  wits.''  --Shak.  Combat  is 
  commonly  applied  to  actual  fighting,  but  may  be  used 
  figuratively  in  reference  to  a  strife  or  words  or  a 
  struggle  of  feeling. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contest 
  n  1:  an  occasion  on  which  a  winner  is  selected  from  among  two  or 
  more  contestants  [syn:  {competition}] 
  2:  a  struggle  between  rivals 
  v  :  make  the  subject  of  dispute,  contention,  or  litigation; 
  "They  contested  the  outcome  of  the  race"  [syn:  {contend}, 
  {repugn}] 




more about contest