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Contention, 1) debate, dispute: “it was in a place where I could not breed no c. with him,” H5 V, 1, 11. “no quarrel, but a slight c.” H6C I, 2, 6. “'twas a c. in public,” Cymb. I, 4, 58.
2) combat, fight: “in the very heat and pride of their c.” H4A I, 1, 60. Troil. IV, 1, 16. IV, 5, 205. Oth. II, 1, 92.
3) discord: “c., like a horse full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose,” H4B I, 1, 9. “let this world no longer be a stage to feed c. in a lingering act,” H4B I, 1, 9
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