Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHALLENGES

The challenges before us will be thrashed out with the House and the Senate.

Yet his heart rejoiced as he watched the manner in which Sally accepted these challenges.

Challenges of this kind to inventiveness and activity are outstanding all the time.

Mr. Bramleigh challenges me to a duel, because he knows I have no arms.

He challenges my nephew, de Léry, for a date fixed and imminent.

Where would I find the strength and courage for the challenges?

The termite-paste was, in this instance, the most deadly of challenges.

Hector, brother to Troilus, challenges a Greek champion to single combat.

Even here in Pylos he challenges the supremacy of the Olympians.

Do you stand ready to prove your charge if he challenges you to do it?

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "something one can be accused of, a fault, blemish;" mid-14c., "false accusation, malicious charge; accusation of wrong-doing," also "act of laying claim" (to something), from Anglo-French chalenge, Old French chalonge "calumny, slander; demand, opposition," in legal use, "accusation, claim, dispute," from Anglo-French chalengier, Old French chalongier "to accuse, to dispute" (see challenge (v.)). Accusatory connotations died out 17c. Meanings "an objection" in law, etc.; "a calling to fight" are from mid-15c. Meaning "difficult task" is from 1954.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.