combat (n.) Old form(s): Combate
duel, trial by duel
1H6 IV.i.78[Vernon to King] Grant me the combat [i.e. permission to fight a duel]
2H6 I.iii.206[Gloucester to King, of Horner and Peter] let these have a day appointed them / For single combat in convenient place
Ham I.i.84[Horatio to Marcellus and Barnardo] Our last King ... / Was, as you know, by Fortinbras ... / Dared to the combat
MW I.i.150[Pistol to Falstaff, of Slender] I combat challenge
TC I.iii.335[Nestor to Ulysses, of Hector and Achilles] Though't be a sportful combat, / Yet in this trial much opinion dwells
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