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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  One  who  engages  in  any  fierce  combat  or  controversy. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gladiator 
  n  1:  (ancient  Rome)  a  professional  combatant  or  a  captive  who 
  entertained  the  public  by  engaging  in  mortal  combat 
  2:  a  professional  boxer  [syn:  {prizefighter}] 




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