Definitions

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  • n. A fight or other contest between two people or forces; a duel; single combat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A single combat; a duel.

Etymologies

From Middle French monomachie, or its source, Latin monomachia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Obj. 3: Further, fighting with the fists, or "monomachy," i.e. single combat as it is called, and trial by fire and water, which are called

    Summa Theologica, Part II-II (Secunda Secundae) Translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province

  • And when the usual "monomachy" began, he singled out the burliest and boldest knight whom he saw, rode up to him, lance point in air, and courteously asked him to come and be killed in fair fight.

    Hereward, the Last of the English

  • I took off the brown mantle and my guild cloak, put my boots on a stool near the brazier, and stood beside him to dry my breeches and hose, asking if all those who came this way on monomachy stopped to refresh themselves with him.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • During the brief time I have occupied the throne, many issues have been of more immediate concern than monomachy.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • "I wasn't thinking about monomachy - or dying either."

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • Those ages that have outlawed it (and many hundreds have, by my reading) have replaced it largely with murder - and with just such murders, by and large, as monomachy seems designed to prevent: murders resulting from quarrels among families, friends, and acquaintances.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The monomachy or duel between these braves lasted through two days.

    Arabian nights. English

  • Now when Al-Abbas heard Hodhayfah's challenge and saw Sa'ad in this case, he came up to the Emir and asked him, "Wilt thou suffer me to answer him and I will be thy substitute in replying him and in monomachy with him and will make my life thy sacrifice?"

    Arabian nights. English

  • Wherefore we most heartily provoke, challenge, and defy your Lordship to the said combat and monomachy, and have sent these letters by the hand of our well beloved and royal brother Edmund, sometime King under us in Narnia, Duke of Lantern Waste and Count of the Western March, Knight of the Noble Order of the Table, to whom we have given full power of determining with your Lordship all the conditions of the said battle.

    Prince Caspian

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