Origin of challenging
verb (used with object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
verb (used without object), chal·lenged, chal·leng·ing.
Origin of challenge
Synonyms for challenge
Related Words for challengingtry, claim, confront, defy, impose, denounce, assert, demand, test, require, impugn, brave, vindicate, inquire, tax, cross, impeach, summon, accost, investigate
Examples from the Web for challenging
Contemporary Examples of challenging
Fossella declined to run again, but in the years since he has mused aloud about challenging Grimm.Will Dirty Pol Vito Fossella Replace Dirty Pol Michael Grimm?
December 31, 2014
Colfer's artistic callings share a common thread: they are deeply personal and rooted in a challenging childhood.Chris Colfer on Writing, Acting, and the Pain of Being A Pop Culture Trailblazer
December 15, 2014
That was challenging physically for me but actually doing Liz and being able to access her is surprisingly is pretty easy.The Zany Shades of Nick Kroll
December 15, 2014
But the more interesting and challenging question is: Could he?The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame
December 12, 2014
Beer-swilling Britain and Spain now boast impressive varietals while America is challenging France with how much wine is consumed.Beer Countries vs. Wine Countries
December 7, 2014
Historical Examples of challenging
He was, it had been said, in the habit of inventing lies, and challenging other folks to stick to 'em.Tiverton Tales
Therefore, my dear L——, save yourself the trouble of challenging me.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Long after Joe had left us, Sue kept up that challenging tone.The Harbor
He felt full of life and gayety, and a challenging mental activity.A Spirit in Prison
Out in the stable the horse repeated its former challenging 237 whinny.A Breath of Prairie and other stories
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for challenge
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.