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glad·i·a·tor

 (glăd′ē-ā′tər)
n.
1. A person, usually a professional combatant, a captive, or a slave, trained to entertain the public by engaging in mortal combat with another person or a wild animal in the ancient Roman arena.
2. A person engaged in a controversy or debate, especially in public; a disputant.
3. Sports A professional boxer.

[Middle English, from Latin gladiātor, from gladius, sword, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish claideb.]

glad′i·a·to′ri·al (-ə-tôr′ē-əl) adj.
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gladiatorial

(ˌɡlædɪəˈtɔːrɪəl)
adj
of, characteristic of, or relating to gladiators, combat, etc
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Adj.1.gladiatorial - of or relating to or resembling gladiators or their combat; "gladiatorial combats"
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Translations

gladiatorial

[ˌglædɪəˈtɔːrɪəl] ADJde gladiadores
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gladiatorial

adjGladiatoren-; gladiatorial combatGladiatorenkampf m
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References in classic literature ?
"It seems," I said to the others, "that we are going to assist at a gladiatorial show arranged regardless of expense."
I have heard of the gladiatorial shows of the Caesars, and of the Spanish bull-fights, but I take the liberty of doubting if either of them could be half so horrible as this Kukuana witch-hunt.
In addition to the gladiatorial combats and other shows, they sometimes threw members of the hated sect into the arena of the Coliseum and turned wild beasts in upon them.
against six Sophomores and a Freshman from the Gladiatorial College!
The king has ordered some novel spectacle -- some gladiatorial exhibition at the hippodrome -- or perhaps the massacre of the Scythian prisoners -- or the conflagration of his new palace -- or the tearing down of a handsome temple -- or, indeed, a bonfire of a few Jews.
But the earnest desire to look on blood and death, is not peculiar to those dark ages; though in the gladiatorial exercise of single combat and general tourney, they were habituated to the bloody spectacle of brave men failing by each other's hands.
The present craze for gladiatorial athleticism I regard as one of the great evils of the age; but the thinly veiled professionalism of the so-called amateur is the greatest evil of that craze.
Youthful exuberance romps through Blaise Hemingway, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland's scattershot screenplay, which breathlessly slingshots from Norse mythology and the rootin' tootin' Wild West to a prehistoric land before time and gladiatorial Rome.
The way we played was gladiatorial and physical and very pleasing."
Among their topics are his long passage from a rural to an industrial world, Lawrence and "The Machine Incarnate:" robots among the"Nettles," engineering away humanity: Lawrence on technology and mental consciousness in Lady Chatterley's Lover and Pansies, his allotropic gladiatorial: resisting the mechanization of the human in Women in Love, and on entertaining: the lassitude of his dead novel.
Set across different arenas, including forests and gladiatorial amphitheatres, you take control of one of 40 cartoon-like historical characters and battle to the death.
The stage was now set for an hours comedy entertainment, with the crowd baying for blood likened to a gladiatorial arena of ancient Rome.