Definition of Gladiator

1. Noun. (ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat.

Geographical relationships: Capital Of Italy, Eternal City, Italian Capital, Roma, Rome
Generic synonyms: Battler, Belligerent, Combatant, Fighter, Scrapper
Category relationships: Antiquity
Derivative terms: Gladiatorial



2. Noun. A professional boxer.

Definition of Gladiator

1. n. 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.

Definition of Gladiator

1. Noun. (''in ancient Rome'') a person (professional or slave) who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat with another, or with a wild animal ¹

2. Noun. (by extension) a disputant in a public controversy or debate ¹

3. Noun. a professional boxer ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gladiator

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Literary usage of Gladiator

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1. Museum of Antiquity: A Description of Ancient Life : the Employments by Levi W. Yaggy (1881)
"The Farnese Hercules is so exaggerated in its style as to have been deemed a work as DYING gladiator. late as the Roman empire. ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1827)
"Acts as a gladiator. But the meanest of the populace were affected with shame and indignation when they beheld their sovereign enter the lists as a ..."

3. Roman Antiquities ...: Designed to Illustrate the Latin Classics, by by Alexander Adam (1839)
"When any gladiator was wounded, the people exclaimed, НАЛЕТ, ... Sometimes a gladiator was rescued by the entrance of the emperor," or by the will of the ..."

4. A Guide to the Best Fiction in English by William Winter, George Saintsbury, Ernest Albert Baker (1918)
""The gladiator," by Robert Montgomery Bird, a play which took a prize offered by Edwin Forrest, contains the character of Spartacus, of which Forrest was ..."

5. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1868)
"It is miserable to read the captious criticism which takes occasion by this appointment to speak of such a writer as " jlinn-ta hired gladiator," and to ..."

6. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"Damages were claimed in the libel in this case, which was filed in the district court by the owners of the steam tug gladiator, to recover compensation for ..."

7. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1859)
"X flection, now in the Museum of tbe the dying gladiator, as it is called, in he Museum. gladiatorial combats art the bas-reliefs on the tomb of Scac- and ..."

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