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).
OTHER WORDS FROM challenge
Example sentences from the Web for challenge
Soon, however, climbers may be able to tackle this challenge in the wintertime as well.Everest Summits May Become Easier Due to Climate Change|Kyla Mandel|November 20, 2020|Outside Online
It’s no small challenge, therefore, to try to translate the book’s powerful mix of memoir and scholarship into a film.‘Between the World and Me’ was already a must-read. With HBO’s adaptation, it’s also a must-watch.|Hank Stuever|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
Walking into Terrain, I’m challenged, I’m surprised, I’m delighted.Shopping with the pros: The Madcap Cottage team chooses favorites from Terrain|Mari-Jane Williams|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Distribution and the anti-vaccination movement are now the two biggest challenges facing the vaccine effort, according to The Lancet’s Horton.
If they don’t, it’s going to be a huge challenge for absolutely everything I do.