Origin of challenged
verb (used with object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
verb (used without object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
Origin of challenge
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Contemporary Examples of challenged
But in 1969, a longstanding practice was challenged—its ban on women.The Bars That Made America Great
December 28, 2014
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.Your Local School Doesn’t Have to Suck
Michael S. Roth
December 17, 2014
So the sorts of policy changes Obama announced Thursday night would, if challenged in court, be upheld as legal.Why Did Obama Flip-Flop on Immigration?
November 21, 2014
Historical Examples of challenged
So far, there was little to choose betwixt challengers and challenged.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
She challenged his philosophy and gave him a chance to defend it.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
While these were being spoken, outside a sentry had challenged: "Samama!"The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Evadna challenged from the gate, when he was ready to start.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Out of his puniness and fright he challenged and menaced the whole wide world.White Fang
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for challenge
as a euphemism for "disabled," 1985, past participle adjective from challenge (v.).
c.1200, "to rebuke," from Old French chalongier "complain, protest; haggle, quibble," from Vulgar Latin calumniare "to accuse falsely," from Latin calumniari "to accuse falsely, misrepresent, slander," from calumnia "trickery" (see calumny).
From late 13c. as "to object to, take exception to;" c.1300 as "to accuse," especially "to accuse falsely," also "to call to account;" late 14c. as "to call to fight." Also used in Middle English with sense "claim, take to oneself." Related: Challenged; challenging.
early 14c., "something one can be accused of, a fault, blemish;" mid-14c., "false accusation, malicious charge; accusation of wrong-doing," also "act of laying claim" (to something), from Anglo-French chalenge, Old French chalonge "calumny, slander; demand, opposition," in legal use, "accusation, claim, dispute," from Anglo-French chalengier, Old French chalongier "to accuse, to dispute" (see challenge (v.)). Accusatory connotations died out 17c. Meanings "an objection" in law, etc.; "a calling to fight" are from mid-15c. Meaning "difficult task" is from 1954.