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Crossing of swords, hand-to-hand fighting; more often, wrangling, verbal disputation. Latin di, dis, asunder + gladiari; gladius, sword, whence also the flower gladiola; gladiator. Also digladiator; to digladiate, to contend, dispute. Used since the 16th century. John Hales [2] in GOLDEN REMAINS (1656) spoke of mutual pasquils and satyrs against each others lives, wherein digladiating like Eschines and Demosthenes, they reciprocally lay open each others filthiness to the view and scorn of the world.
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