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

Origin of gladiatorial

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

Words Nearby gladiatorial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use gladiatorial in a sentence

  • They strike the English eye as being attired for football, or a gladiatorial combat, rather than a summer game.

    Heroes of To-Day | Mary R. Parkman
  • The gladiatorial show had lost its charms for him and his mind brooded gloomily over coming events.

    Greifenstein | F. Marion Crawford
  • Mr. Henson throws in some not ineloquent remarks about the abolition by Christianity of the gladiatorial shows at Rome.

    Flowers of Freethought | George W. Foote
  • No public event attracts more attention in America than a gladiatorial fight to the finish between the champion and some aspirant.

British Dictionary definitions for gladiatorial


/ (ˌɡlædɪəˈtɔːrɪəl) /

  1. of, characteristic of, or relating to gladiators, combat, etc

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