American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition: a challenge to a duel.
- n. An act or statement of defiance; a call to confrontation: a challenge to the government's authority.
- n. A demand for explanation or justification; a calling into question: a challenge to a theory.
- n. A sentry's call to an unknown party for proper identification.
- n. A test of one's abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking: a career that offers a challenge.
- n. A claim that a vote is invalid or that a voter is unqualified.
- n. Law A formal objection to the inclusion of a prospective juror in a jury.
- n. Immunology The induction or evaluation of an immune response in an organism by administration of a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
- v. To call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition: challenged me to a game of chess.
- v. To invite with defiance; dare: challenged him to contradict her. See Synonyms at defy.
- v. To take exception to; call into question; dispute: a book that challenges established beliefs.
- v. To order to halt and be identified, as by a sentry.
- v. Law To take formal objection to (a prospective juror).
- v. To question the qualifications of (a voter) or validity of (a vote).
- v. To have due claim to; call for: events that challenge our attention.
- v. To summon to action, effort, or use; stimulate: a problem that challenges the imagination.
- v. Immunology To induce or evaluate an immune response in (an organism) by administering a specific antigen to which it has been sensitized.
- v. To make or give voice to a challenge.
- v. To begin barking upon picking up the scent. Used of hunting dogs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Accusation; charge.
- n. A claim or demand; pretension.
- n. A summons or invitation to a duel; a calling upon one to engage in single combat, as for the vindication of the challenger's honor; a defiance.
- n. Hence An invitation to a contest or trial of any kind: as, a challenge to a rubber at whist; a challenge to a public debate; “a challenge to controversy,”
- n. The letter or message containing the summons to a combat or contest.
- n. Milit., the act of a sentry in demanding the countersign from any one who approaches his post.
- n. In hunting, the opening cry of hounds on first finding the scent of their game.
- n. A calling in question; an exception taken, as to the tenability of a proposition, or a person's right to do something or to hold something.
- n. In law, an objection to a juror; the claim of a party that a certain juror shall not sit in the cause. The right of challenge is given in both civil and criminal trials, for certain reasons which are supposed to disqualify a juror to be an impartial judge. The challenge may extend either to the whole panel or body of jurors, called a challenge to the array, or only to particular jurors, called a challenge to the polls. Both of these challenges are subdivided into principal challenges (or challenges for principal cause) and challenges to the favor. A principal challenge is a challenge which alleges a fact of such a nature that, if proved, the juror is disqualified as a matter of law, without inquiring whether he is actually impartial: as, that one or more of the jury are returned at the nomination of the other party, or are nearly related to the other party. A challenge to the favor consists in the allegation by the party of a cause that might probably bias, and the raising of the question whether the juror is in fact impartial: as, a statement that a juror has already formed an opinion, or is prejudiced against the party. A peremptory challenge, allowed by statute in many jurisdictions, is a challenge of jurors, to a limited number, to be taken without showing any cause at all.
- To accuse; call to answer; censure.
- To lay claim to; demand as due or as a right: as, the Supreme Being challenges our reverence and homage.
- To call, invite, or summon to single combat or duel.
- To call to a contest; call into opposing activity; invite to a trial; defy: as, to challenge a man to prove what he asserts (implying defiance).
- To take exception to; object to (a person or thing); call in question: as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement. Specifically
- In law, to object or take exception to, as a juror or jury panel. See challenge, n., 9—7. Milit., to demand the countersign from: as, a sentry is bound to challenge every person appearing near his post. See challenge, n., 6.
- In hunting, to whimper or cry when the scent of game is first discovered: said of a hound.
- n. In the East Indies, an exception taken by a ryot to the assessment of a neighbor's holding when it is less than that of his own poorer holding, accompanied by an offer to take over the neighbor's holding at a higher assessment, and a claim for the assessment on his own to be correspondingly reduced.
- n. An instigation or antagonization intended to convince a person to perform an action they otherwise would not.
- n. A difficult task, especially one that the person making the attempt finds more enjoyable because of that difficulty.
- n. A bid to overcome something.
- n. law, rare A judge's interest in the result of the case for which he or she should not be allowed to sit the case, e.g. a conflict of interest.
- n. law The act of appealing a ruling or decision of a court of administrative agency.
- n. law The act of seeking to remove a judge, arbitrator or other judicial or semi-judicial figure for reasons of alleged bias or incapacity.
- n. sports An attempt to take possession; a tackle
- v. To invite someone to take part in a competition.
- v. To dare someone.
- v. To dispute something.
- v. law To make a formal objection to a juror.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An invitation to engage in a contest or controversy of any kind; a defiance; specifically, a summons to fight a duel; also, the letter or message conveying the summons.
- n. The act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his post, and demanding the countersign.
- n. obsolete A claim or demand.
- n. (Hunting) The opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game.
- n. (Law) An exception to a juror or to a member of a court martial, coupled with a demand that he should be held incompetent to act; the claim of a party that a certain person or persons shall not sit in trial upon him or his cause.
- n. United States An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered.
- v. To call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy.
- v. To call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by personal combat.
- v. To claim as due; to demand as a right.
- v. obsolete To censure; to blame.
- v. (Mil.) To question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines)
- v. To take exception to; question.
- v. (Law) To object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or member of a court.
- v. United States To object to the reception of the vote of, as on the ground that the person in not qualified as a voter.
- v. To assert a right; to claim a place.
- v. take exception to
- n. a call to engage in a contest or fight
- n. a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
- n. a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror
- v. ask for identification
- n. a demanding or stimulating situation
- v. issue a challenge to
- v. raise a formal objection in a court of law
- n. questioning a statement and demanding an explanation
- From Old French chalonge, chalenge, from Latin calumnia. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English chalenge, from Old French, from Latin calumnia, trickery, false accusation; see calumny. V., from Middle English chalengen, from Old French chalangier, from Latin calumniārī, from calumnia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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