verb (used with object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
verb (used without object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
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Origin of challenge
historical usage of challenge
Latin calumnia is the direct source of calumny, “a false and malicious statement,” so calumny and challenge are doublets (words deriving ultimately from the same source). In fact, an earlier, now obsolete meaning of challenge was “an accusation or false claim.”
The legal sense of challenge, “to object to (a juror or evidence),” dates from the 16th century. The verb sense “to summon someone to a fight or a duel” first appears in Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost (1598).
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The federal government reacted by increasing prison sentences, making it harder to challenge wrongful convictions, enabling police searches and seizures, and enacting strict criminal codes.How “abolish ICE” helped bring abolitionist ideas into the mainstream|Nicole Narea|July 9, 2020|Vox
That concept—of delineating work and home as the two spaces coalesce—is ultimately the challenge of videoconferencing during a pandemic.Microsoft’s solution to Zoom fatigue is to trick your brain|Tanya Basu|July 9, 2020|MIT Technology Review
It’s unclear if the union will challenge that start date if its criteria aren’t met.Morning Report: Latinos Underrepresented So Far in Redistricting Effort|Voice of San Diego|July 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
For that reason, the researchers still like the idea of an iron patch, and they describe some research identifying the challenges and working toward solutions.
What we have learned is to work collaboratively like never before, to challenge our thinking, and to accelerate the drug development process.
Harris is unlikely to see a challenge from Villaraigosa, either.The Golden State Preps for the ‘Red Wedding’ of Senate Races|David Freedlander|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’
Less than six hours later, the FARC potentially came good on the challenge.Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia?|Richard McColl|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The government has blocked every opportunity to challenge this case on its merits.
Where will the home care workers come from to meet that challenge?
We ought to take quite a place in the county, and challenge other schools for matches.For the School Colours|Angela Brazil
With both it was “To do or die,” and each can feel that none, save his rival, can challenge supremacy in war-like exploit.The Battle of Allatoona, October 5th, 1864|William Ludlow
My father,” says Judith, in challenge, “was a very good man.The Cruise of the Shining Light|Norman Duncan
Ben then printed a challenge in the papers, in which he offered to fight Allen for two thousand five hundred dollars a side.
Under the circumstances they had expected and even hoped their challenge would be declined.Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore|Pauline Lester