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[rahy-vuh l-ree] /ˈraɪ vəl ri/
noun, plural rivalries.
the action, position, or relation of a rival or rivals; competition:
rivalry between Yale and Harvard.
an instance of this.
Origin of rivalry
First recorded in 1590-1600; rival + -ry
1. opposition, antagonism; jealousy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then their rivalry shall be not a curse, but a blessing to this land of England.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He could have no fear of such a rivalry, however unpleasant at the moment!

    Salted With Fire George MacDonald
  • Well, I'll relieve your lordship, as you have relieved me, from all fear of rivalry.

  • By the good people that taught you to think our rivalry blood-red.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • It was because he who commanded the vessel was so superior as to find in her no rivalry.

British Dictionary definitions for rivalry


noun (pl) -ries
the act of rivalling; competition
the state of being a rival or rivals
Derived Forms
rivalrous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rivalry

1590s; from rival + -ry. Shakespeare has rivality ("Antony and Cleopatra"), but from the secondary sense of the root word and meaning "partnership, equality in rank."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rivalry in Medicine

rivalry ri·val·ry (rī'vəl-rē)
The state or condition of competition or antagonism.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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