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debate contention, fighting: “lost in the world's debate,” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, i. 1. 171 ; “this debate that bleedeth at our doors,” 2 HENRY IV., iv. 4. 2 ( “God make you a fortunate knight, and giue you good successe in all your debates.” Shelton's translation of Don Quixote, Part First, p. 22, ed. 1612. Dryden uses the word in the same sense:
“Till in some living stream I cleanse the guilt
Of dire debate and blood in battle spilt.”
Æneid, B. ii. v. 978).

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