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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.

gladiatorial

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

gladiatorial

[ˌglædɪəˈtɔːrɪəl] ADJde gladiadores

gladiatorial

adjGladiatoren-; gladiatorial combatGladiatorenkampf m
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.
The tombstone not only tells the unfortunate story of a gladiator, but it "provides rare evidence for some of the rules that seem to have governed gladiatorial combats," Carter said.
They are going to do everything, and their fans will be on the edge of their seats demanding blood, almost like in a gladiatorial arena.
Barnet caretaker boss Paul Fairclough said: "Grimsby were enthused and fuelled by the crowd, it was a gladiatorial ring.
SIR - Boxing is not tiddlywinks on a Sunday afternoon, but a gladiatorial sport, that requires controlled aggression to give the competitors any chance of succeeding.
GLADIATORIAL games were probably held at Britain's largest Roman amphitheatre, archaeologists revealed today.