contending (adj.)
struggling, antagonistic, opposed
H5 V.ii.341[French King to King Henry] the contending kingdoms / Of France and England
TS V.ii.158[Katherina to Widow, of a disobedient wife] What is she but a foul contending rebel
Ven.82[of Venus and Adonis] she swears / From his soft bosom never to remove / Till he take truce with her contending tears
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