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Challenge \Chal"lenge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Challenged}; p. pr.
     & vb. n. {Challenging}.] [OE. chalengen to accuse, claim, OF. chalengier, chalongier, to claim, accuse, dispute, fr. L. calumniar to attack with false accusations. See {Challenge}, n., and cf. {Calumniate}.]
     1. To call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy. [1913 Webster]

              I challenge any man to make any pretense to power by right of fatherhood.                  --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     2. To call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by personal combat. [1913 Webster]

              By this I challenge him to single fight. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To claim as due; to demand as a right.
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              Challenge better terms.               --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     4. To censure; to blame. [Obs.]
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              He complained of the emperors . . . and challenged them for that he had no greater revenues . . . from them.                                 --Holland. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Mil.) To question or demand the countersign from (one who attempts to pass the lines); as, the sentinel challenged us, with "Who comes there?" [1913 Webster]

     6. To take exception to; question; as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation. [1913 Webster]

     7. (Law) To object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or member of a court. [1913 Webster]

     8. To object to the reception of the vote of, as on the ground that the person in not qualified as a voter. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

     {To challenge to the} {array, favor, polls}. See under {Challenge}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Challenge \Chal"lenge\, v. i.
     To assert a right; to claim a place.
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           Where nature doth with merit challenge.  --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Challenge \Chal"lenge\, n. [OE. chalenge claim, accusation, challenge, OF. chalenge, chalonge, claim, accusation, contest, fr. L. calumnia false accusation, chicanery. See {Calumny}.]
     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. [1913 Webster]

              A challenge to controversy.           --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

     2. The act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his post, and demanding the countersign. [1913 Webster]

     3. A claim or demand. [Obs.]
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              There must be no challenge of superiority.
                                                    --Collier. [1913 Webster]

     4. (Hunting) The opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Law) 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. --Blackstone [1913 Webster]

     6. An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered. [U. S.] [1913 Webster]

     {Challenge to the array} (Law), an exception to the whole panel.

     {Challenge to the favor}, the alleging a special cause, the sufficiency of which is to be left to those whose duty and office it is to decide upon it.

     {Challenge to the polls}, an exception taken to any one or more of the individual jurors returned.

     {Peremptory challenge}, a privilege sometimes allowed to defendants, of challenging a certain number of jurors (fixed by statute in different States) without assigning any cause.

     {Principal challenge}, that which the law allows to be sufficient if found to be true. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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