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King James Dictionary

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Hebrew - hold a contest

CONTEST, v.t. L., have a different sense, being equivalent to the English attest. See Test.

1. To dispute; to strive earnestly to hold or maintain; to struggle to defend. The troops contested every inch of ground.
2. To dispute; to argue in opposition to; to controvert; to litigate; to oppose; to call in question; as, the advocate contested every point.

None have contested the proportion of these ancient pieces.


1. To strive; to contend; followed by with.

The difficulty of an argument adds to the pleasure of contesting with it, when there are hopes of victory.

2. To vie; to emulate.

Of man who dares in pomp with Jove contest.


1. Strife; struggle for victory, superiority, or in defense; struggle in arms. All Europe engaged in the contest against France. The contest was furious.
2. Dispute; debate; violent controversy; strife in argument.

Leave all noisy contests, all immodest clamors, and brawling language.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software at

Bibliography Information
"Entry for 'Contest'". "King James Dictionary".


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