combativeness

Definitions

  • Combats with Beasts
    Combats with Beasts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n combativeness a militant aggressiveness
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Terrific Combat between Titus Manlius and a Gaul of gigantic stature Terrific Combat between Titus Manlius and a Gaul of gigantic stature

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1865, the U.S. Secret Service was first established for the specific purpose to combat the counterfeiting of money
    • Combativeness (Phren) A cranial development supposed to indicate a combative disposition.
    • Combativeness The quality of being combative; propensity to contend or to quarrel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: English sailors were referred to as "limeys" because sailors added lime juice to their diet to combat scurvy
    • n combativeness The character or quality of being combative; disposition to contend or fight; pugnacity. By phrenologists the word is used to designate one of the propensities. See cut under phrenology.
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Quotations

  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “No wise combatant underestimates their antagonist.”
  • Alistair Grant
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    “I'm not a combative person. My long experience has taught me to resolve conflict by raising the issues before I or others burn their boats.”
  • Plato
    Plato
    “I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “True heroism consists in being superior to the ills of life, in whatever shape they may challenge us to combat.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
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    “Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”

Usage

In literature:

Then Arjuna slew the great Karna in single combat.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And amongst them there was one who towered above the rest and challenged them all to a combat.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
They cocked their rifles, ready for combat if need be, and rode forward slowly.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
REVENGEFUL COMBAT AND MURDER PREVENTED.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Grey
As soon as the combat commenced, another still more urgent message was sent, to which he returned the same reply.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Whence arose the custom of gladiatorial combats?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
The terms of the combat are adjusted solemnly by Agamemnon on the part of Greece, and by Priam on the part of Troy.
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
The severest of all these single combats was the one in which he had as opponent his former friend and foster-brother Ferdiad.
"The Ancient Irish Epic Tale Táin Bó Cúalnge" by Unknown
So it was arranged that the combat should take place immediately.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
They have attacked and a good stiff hand to hand combat ensued.
"History of the American Negro in the Great World War" by W. Allison Sweeney
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In poetry:

Ten lords sat drinking at the wine,
Intill a morning early;
There fell a combat them among,
It must be fought,--nae parly.
"The Braes O' Yarrow" by Henry Morley

Underneath turf, cross, and stone
Combat and discord be husht!
Blest be the heroes unknown,
Blest be their deeds and dust.
"The White Pall Of Peace" by Alfred Austin
Again, I saw it sail, and sail,
Proud and defiant with the gale,
With hope, iron will, and nerves of mail
Combatting the fates.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
'His horse will Almaskhiti yield
To none beneath the spacious skies;
And who ever tries to steal the horse
In deadly combat he defies.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
May she atone for past neglect!
May she, in council, have respect
To faith and freedom, truth and right,
And ever combat lawless might!
"Denmark And The German Despots" by Janet Hamilton
Of the sick-room, the mortal strife,
The turmoil for a little breath -
The pure eternal course of life,
Not human combatings with death.
"A Wish" by Matthew Arnold

In news:

They tested millions of bacteria , looking for just the right one to combat serious hospital-acquired infections, such as pneumonia and septicemia, caused by gram-negative organisms.
It's become the political equivalent of a wrestling cage match, pitting a brash, combative Republican governor against an equally crusty US senator 39 years his senior.
Mark L Stock, left, and Command Sgt Maj. Joey Love lead paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team past awaiting Family members Sept 9 at Pope Field.
Senate Democrats are using effective fund raising nationally to combat large Republican war chests.
Since Down was retired to our Rock Cock Hall of Fame, it is time for two new combatants.
Soldiers of all ranks have expressed outrage at the light sentence imposed on the former commander of 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Col.
Some of the charges against the former head of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Col. James H Johnson III, were dismissed Monday, a day after he pleaded guilty to 15 specifications, including bigamy , adultery and fraud.
Find out how to combat the effects age has on your fertility.
Combat Stories from World War II salutes the courage and determination they showed and shares some of the dangers, deprivations, and horrors they faced by telling the stories of 12 who came home.
Audio Enhancements Combat Boomy Bass in Family Theater.
The "Live Combat" attraction at the fair that ends Sunday allows fairgoers to shoot paintballs at mannequins and targets.
Combating Students' Disinterest in the Sciences.
Rick Perry's Iowa campaign ad combating 'Obama's war on Religion' has been online for less than two days and already been ' disliked ' over 235,000 times on YouTube.
Rich nations are dismaying developing countries with pledges merely to continue aid to help them combat climate change in 2013 despite past promises of a tenfold surge to $100 billion a year by 2020.
Combating the 'contagion effect' on happy workers.
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In science:

If there is a small dispersion, it is combated using techniques mentioned in item 1.
On Superluminal Propagation and Information Velocity
The main technical result of this paper are equations (15) and (16) which give reasonable estimates of the total explosive yield of a hypothetical engagement of fourth-generation nuclear weapons that would result in the same radiological burden as a given total amount of depleted uranium expended in combat.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
DU has a radiological impact comparable to the combat use of many kilotons of pure-fusion thermonuclear explosives.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
Of course , it has been repeatedly stated that the absolute burden due to the combat use of depleted uranium is small [16, 17], but such a use is a violation of the spirit, if not the letter, of a norm that was in force since 1945.
A comparison of delayed radiobiological effects of depleted-uranium munitions versus fourth-generation nuclear weapons
The wind must combat the infall ram pressure and the gravitational force on the shell.
Trapped Protostellar Winds and their Breakout
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