A Word A Day : Gladiator
Friday, 26th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Noun )
Pronunciation : glád-dee-àyter
1. In ancient Rome, a professional fighter who fought another combatant or a wild animal in public entertainments set in an arena. Often gladiators were criminals or slaves who were equipped with nets, nooses, swords, or other weapons.
2. A vigorous fighter or campaigner for or against a cause or person
3. A professional boxer
Mid-16th century - Latin - gladius which means sword
Fighter, Fencer, Sword Fighter, Warrior, Battler, Belligerent, Combatant, Scrapper, Boxer, Pugilist
Campaigner, Lobbyist, Supporter, Advocate, Champion
• The Tin Woodman was usually a peaceful man, but when occasion required he could fight as fiercely as a Roman gladiator
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