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[glad-ee-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-]
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  1. of or relating to gladiators or to their combats.
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Origin of gladiatorial

1745–55; < Latin gladiātōri(us) (see gladiator, -tory1) + -al1
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Related Words for gladiatorial

militaristic, vigorous, assertive, belligerent, bellicose, warring, petulant, contentious, litigious, cantankerous, tempestuous, combative, turbulent, fractious, unruly, energetic, antagonistic, active, military, offensive

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  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to gladiators, combat, etc
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Word Origin and History for gladiatorial


1750s, from Latin gladiatorius (see gladiator) + -al (1).

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