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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
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  • After marriage the rivalry of men expresses itself in business more than in love.

    The Nervous Housewife Abraham Myerson
  • They were so placed that with common management they could be more effective than with rivalry.

    The New Nation Frederic L. Paxson
  • He was so much greater than you that you should feel no rivalry, no strife.

    The Weavers, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • But so long as the two are sharply divided there can be no enmity because there can be no rivalry.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • Her blue eyes challenged him laughingly; but he caught the undernote of rivalry.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
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
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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