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challenging

[ chal-in-jing ]SEE DEFINITION OF challenging

Synonyms for challenging

  • ask for
  • assert
  • call for
  • claim
  • confront
  • defy
  • demand
  • denounce
  • impose
  • require
  • test
  • try
  • accost
  • arouse
  • beard
  • brave
  • cross
  • dare
  • exact
  • impeach
  • impugn
  • inquire
  • investigate
  • provoke
  • query
  • reclaim
  • stimulate
  • summon
  • tax
  • vindicate
  • call out
  • face down
  • face off
  • face the music
  • fly in the face of
  • hang in
  • insist upon
  • invite competition
  • make a point of
  • make a stand
  • object to
  • search out
  • stand up to
  • stick it out
  • throw down the gauntlet
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Antonyms for challenging

  • deny
  • answer
  • calm
  • dodge
  • ignore
  • agreement
  • decision
  • victory
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CHALLENGING

He was, it had been said, in the habit of inventing lies, and challenging other folks to stick to 'em.

Therefore, my dear L——, save yourself the trouble of challenging me.

Long after Joe had left us, Sue kept up that challenging tone.

He felt full of life and gayety, and a challenging mental activity.

Out in the stable the horse repeated its former challenging 237 whinny.

Miss Gannion questioned, for Beatrix had paused, as if challenging her.

To this came a challenging blast from the terrible horn of Roland—he of Roncesvalles.

He had always disdained that artificial manner of challenging the fates.

He spoke to me sidewise with a challenging flicker of the eye.

Her eyes met his with a challenging light, her pose was imperious.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "to rebuke," from Old French chalongier "complain, protest; haggle, quibble," from Vulgar Latin calumniare "to accuse falsely," from Latin calumniari "to accuse falsely, misrepresent, slander," from calumnia "trickery" (see calumny).

From late 13c. as "to object to, take exception to;" c.1300 as "to accuse," especially "to accuse falsely," also "to call to account;" late 14c. as "to call to fight." Also used in Middle English with sense "claim, take to oneself." Related: Challenged; challenging.

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ambitious

adjectiverequiring great effort, ability
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