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Definition of Challenge


  1. An invitation to engage in a contest or controversy of any kind; a defiance; specifically, a summons to fight a duel; also, the letter or message conveying the summons.
  2. The act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his post, and demanding the countersign.
  3. A claim or demand.
  4. The opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game.
  5. An exception to a juror or to a member of a court martial, coupled with a demand that he should be held incompetent to act; the claim of a party that a certain person or persons shall not sit in trial upon him or his cause.
  6. An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered.
  7. To call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy.
  8. To call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by personal combat.
  9. To claim as due; to demand as a right.
  10. To censure; to blame.
  11. To question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines); as, the sentinel challenged us, with "Who comes there?"
  12. To take exception to; question; as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation.
  13. To object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or member of a court.
  14. To object to the reception of the vote of, as on the ground that the person in not qualified as a voter.
  15. To assert a right; to claim a place.

Challenge Quotations

Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.
Sai Baba

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
Thomas Jefferson

To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.
Nelson Mandela

I know that I'm not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don't know how not to.
Maya Angelou
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Challenge Translations

challenge in Afrikaans is uitdaging
challenge in Danish is udfordre
challenge in Dutch is uittarten, tarten, uitdagen, trotseren
challenge in German is herausfordern, Herausforderung
challenge in Italian is sfidare, disfida
challenge in Norwegian is utfordring
challenge in Portuguese is desafio
challenge in Swedish is utfordra, utmana, utmaning

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