gladiator

In ancient Rome, gladiators fought each other in front of an audience. Though these fights were called "games," they often ended in the death of one of the gladiators.

Although they were celebrated in art and applauded for their strength and fighting skill, it wasn't easy to be an ancient Roman gladiator. They were essentially slaves who were forced to fight, sometimes being matched against wild animals or criminals. While the gladiator games may seem horrible to us today, they lasted almost a thousand years. The word gladiator comes from the Latin gladius, or "sword."

Definitions of gladiator
  1. noun
    (ancient Rome) a professional combatant or a captive who entertained the public by engaging in mortal combat
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    type of:
    battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
  2. noun
    a professional boxer
    synonyms: prizefighter
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    Cassius Marcellus Clay
    United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
    James John Corbett
    United States heavyweight boxing champion (1866-1933)
    William Harrison Dempsey
    United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (1895-1983)
    Charles Liston
    United States prizefighter who lost his world heavyweight championship to Cassius Clay in 1964 (1932-1970)
    Joseph Louis Barrow
    United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion for 12 years (1914-1981)
    Rocco Marciano
    United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship in 1952 (1924-1969)
    Sugar Ray Robinson
    United States prizefighter who won the world middleweight championship five times and the world welterweight championship once (1921-1989)
    James Joseph Tunney
    United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship by defeating Jack Dempsey twice (1898-1978)
    Michael Gerald Tyson
    United States prizefighter who was world heavyweight champion (born in 1966)
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    featherweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 123 and 126 pounds
    heavyweight
    a professional boxer who weighs more than 190 pounds
    cruiserweight, light heavyweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 169 and 175 pounds
    lightweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 131 and 135 pounds
    middleweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 155 and 160 pounds
    welterweight
    a professional boxer who weighs between 141 and 147 pounds
    type of:
    boxer, pugilist
    someone who fights with his fists for sport
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