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Champion, subst., 1) a man who undertakes a cause in single combat: “her c. mounted for the hot encounter,” Ven. 596. “the --s are prepared,” R2 I, 3, 5. “demand of yonder c.” R2 I, 3, 5 “I can produce a c. that will prove . . .,” Lr. V, 1, 43. “like a bold c. I assume the lists,” Per. I, 1, 61.
2) he who fights for a person or a cause: “brings in the c. Honour on my part,” All's IV, 2, 50. “thou Fortune's c.,” John III, 1, 118. “be c. of our church,” III, 1, 255. III, 1, 255 “God, the widows' c. and defence,” R2 I, 2, 43. “his new-come c., virtuous Joan d'Arc,” H6A II, 2, 20. “his --s are the prophets and apostles,” H6B I, 3, 60. “now will I be Edward's c.” H6C IV, 7, 68.
3) hero, bold warrior: “a stouter c. never handled sword,” H6A III, 4, 19. “the most complete c. that ever I heard,” H6B IV, 10, 59. “renowned for hardy and undoubted --s,” H6C V, 7, 6. “Rome's best c.,” Tit. I, 65. Tit. I, 65
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