Origin of challenged
Related formsun·chal·lenged, adjective
Definition for challenged (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
verb (used without object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
Origin 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).
Examples from the Web for challenged
But in 1969, a longstanding practice was challenged—its ban on women.
He challenged the very core of the Iranian theocracy and demanded respect for basic human rights.
Within hours, thousands of Iranians challenged the foreign minister on social media asking how that could possibly be.
Good, caring teachers recognized his talent and challenged him to work hard to compete at the highest levels.
So the sorts of policy changes Obama announced Thursday night would, if challenged in court, be upheld as legal.
"Yesseh," repeated Williams, in tones of injury, as if his veracity had been challenged.The Monster and Other Stories|Stephen Crane
He began to revile the knight in set terms, and challenged him to fight.Robin Hood|Paul Creswick
At the end of this time he paid the money, and challenged Hesse.Pencillings by the Way|N. Parker Willis
The butler looked carelessly down upon him, and, as Mr. Prohack uttered no word, challenged him.Mr. Prohack|E. Arnold Bennett
He surveyed her dubiously, wondering why she so abruptly checked the advances he could swear she had challenged.Gilian The Dreamer|Neil Munro