verb (duels, dueling, dueled) US
(duels, duelling, duelled) UK
- Combat between two persons, primarily over a matter of personal honor.
- A struggle between two contending ideas.
Etymology: duellum (fight between two men, under influence from duoLatin, duo) < Old duellum (=bellum, war) < (PIE.) base
- To engage in a duel.
- deu- (to injure, destroy, burn). Cognate with Ancient Greek (misery, pain) and with w:Duellona, Duellona (goddess of war).
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