Related formschal·leng·ing·ly, adverbnon·chal·leng·ing, adjectiveun·chal·leng·ing, adjective
Definition for challenging (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 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?|David Freedlander|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Oliver Jones|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That was challenging physically for me but actually doing Liz and being able to access her is surprisingly is pretty easy.
But the more interesting and challenging question is: Could he?The U.S. Will Torture Again—and We’re All to Blame|Michael Tomasky|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Beer-swilling Britain and Spain now boast impressive varietals while America is challenging France with how much wine is consumed.
Other parts of the letter seemed to have a challenging tone—as if daring them (the Fynes) to approve her conduct.Chance|Joseph Conrad
The boy above Newton having kicked him, the dunce showed his pluck by challenging him to a fight, and beat him.Self-Help|Samuel Smiles
“But you soon will,” said Aristide, in his pleasant voice and with a laughing, challenging glance in his bright eyes.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
Some seem to aim at a picturesque ruggedness of style—defying rule, and challenging imitation.
The outline of her face was soft and charming, and there was a questioning look in her eyes which was alluring and challenging.Fire-Tongue|Sax Rohmer