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as in: She contended that... Define
to claim that something is true
  • Her lawyer contends that the contract isn’t valid.
  • She contends that they quoted her out of context.

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  • He stopped, satisfied that he had proved his contention.
    London, Jack  --  The Valley of the Moon
  • Whose idealism could survive all that? A good bit of evidence exists to support Linderman’s contention that it did not survive.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • When Colonel Lloyd’s slaves met the slaves of Jacob Jepson, they seldom parted without a quarrel about their masters; Colonel Lloyd’s slaves contending that he was the richest, and Mr. Jepson’s slaves that he was the smartest, and most of a man.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Do you know, Mr. Proctor, that the entire contention of the state in these trials is that the voice of Heaven is speaking through the children?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • PUTNAM—at the moment he is intent upon getting Parris, for whom he has only contempt, to move toward the abyss: Mr. Parris, I have taken your part in all contention here, and I would continue; but I cannot if you hold back in this.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • The dis—United States would fragment into several petty, squabbling autocracies, proving the contention of European monarchists and reactionaries that this harebrained experiment in democracy could not last.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I contend, that ... wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure 
  • He contends that the styles shouldn’t be mixed.

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  • He contended that Communism had no future
  • We will not dispute it; my contention was absurd.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Notes from the Underground
  • It goes to prove my contention that art should never be anything else.
    Shaw, George Bernard  --  Pygmalion
  • The justice of her contention came abruptly home to Sheldon.
    London, Jack  --  Adventure
  • Strangely enough, I can give evidence that will demolish one contention of the prosecution.
    Christie, Agatha  --  The Mysterious Affair at Styles
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as in: She contended with it Define
to struggle
  • She contends with headaches.
  • Politicians have to contend with false attacks.

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  • Against death, we contend in vain.
  • The thought of leaving my friends was decidedly the most painful thought with which I had to contend.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • "If I’m gonna do this, I gotta do it, be the old me. I need something to dive into."
      Relief flooded Thomas. He’d grown sick of all the contention.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • contending ’gainst obedience,
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Such was the formidable rival with whom Ichabod Crane had to contend,
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • I have had enough contention since I came; I want no more.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • heard two voices in loud and angry contention
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • I know of such cases; and it is worthy of remark that such slaves invariably suffer greater hardships, and have more to contend with, than others.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

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  • Despite its diminutive size, the bot still had to contend with a problem endemic to ROVs: its tether.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • To further complicate matters, they would have to contend with the thick tether cable sprouting out the top.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • They were powerful forces to contend with.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Will you contend with him?
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • I know Mr. Parris be arguin’ with farmers all yesterday—there is great contention, sir, about the cows.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Contention make him weep, sir; it were always a man that weep for contention.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Contention make him weep, sir; it were always a man that weep for contention.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Now it was starvation, causing us to eat our own flesh;—now we were contending with the waves, and were drowned;—now we were overtaken, and torn to pieces by the fangs of the terrible bloodhound.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • has to contend with wind and seismic activity
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as in: She contended for the gold medal Define
to compete
  • Militant groups are contending for control of the country
  • The teams are in fierce contention for first place.

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  • Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention.
    Abraham Lincoln
  • If there was strife and contention in the home, very little else in life could compensate for it.
    Lawana Blackwell
  • "Instead of indulging in feelings of despondency let us compare our situation and cause to those of our illustrious ancestors who achieved the liberties we have ever enjoyed and for which we are now contending."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Indeed, it is not uncommon for slaves even to fall out and quarrel among themselves about the relative goodness of their masters, each contending for the superior goodness of his own over that of the others.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Another right to the body, it looks like it was low Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the referee is signaling but the contender keeps raining the blows on Louis.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • It’s not easy trying to become a contender.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • I’ll take on all contenders, gladly, test them head-to-head!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • ...neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. (16:10)
    The Bible  --  Ecclesiastes

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  • I have dwelt upon the greatness of Athens because I want to show you that we are contending for a higher prize than those who enjoy none of these privileges, and to establish by manifest proof the merit of these men whom I am now commemorating.
    Thucydides  --  Pericles’s Funeral Oration
  • Maybe he’d be one of the contenders, maybe he wouldn’t have been picked at all . it was hard to say if the risk would have been worth it in the end.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • I wasn’t no middleweight contender, but I wasn’t bad, either.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • They were now in contention for a top spot.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Given these considerations, along with the disinterested manner I affected, I am almost sure that it never crossed either Sophie’s or Nathan’s mind that I might be a serious contender for her affections.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The Santos, contenders for the division championship, were well-coached, disciplined, and quick.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • A handful of us are moved into an additional class that gives me hope I may be a contender for the actual war.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • I’ve never been a contender in these Games anyway.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • He was a fierce field contender but a lackadaisical, amused sort of student in the classrooms.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • The heads of Beauxbatons and Durmstrang will be arriving with their short-listed contenders in October, and the selection of the three champions will take place at Halloween.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • From a scramble of contenders I got one of the jugs, elbowed off a counterattack, opened it, sampled it, choked, and then went through with my original plan by stopping Brinker’s mouth with it.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • When you have done all this, or seen it done, it will be time to ponder concerning these contenders in your house- how you should kill them, outright or by guile.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Harry had never before considered the possibility that there might be another teacher in the world he hated more than Snape, but as he walked back towards Gryffindor Tower he had to admit he had found a strong contender.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Ruben Navarro — also known as The Maravilla Kid — was then a contender for the world’s featherweight title.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Start going back and reach five or six people who are logical contenders.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The contender jumps into the champion’s ring to draw the champion out of his corner.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • But Granville’s presence probably did work against Seabiscuit, simply by virtue of the demands that a Kentucky Derby contender makes on his trainer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • That would be Five Properties shambling through the cottage, Anna’s immense brother, long armed and humped, his head grown off the thick band of muscle as original as a bole on his back, hair tender and greenish brown, eyes completely green, clear, estimating, primitive, and sardonic, an Eskimo smile of primitive simplicity opening on Eskimo teeth buried in high gums, kidding, gleeful, and unfrank; a big-footed contender for wealth.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Otherwise, he could have had class; he could have been a contender.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • They had been one of the weakest teams in the NFL and were now, overnight, a contender.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • She had produced a budding contender for Cousin Edwin’s crown of glory.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • They are his bloodhounds, and if not the worst abominations under the sight of Heaven, they are easily contenders for the crown.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • Of all the contenders, the one who made the greatest progress toward winning Blanca’s hand was the King of the Pressure Cookers.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits
  • It would not be proper for me to be seen to favor one contender over another.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • For a second it seems like the crowd’s attention has made her uncomfortable and I’m ready to dismiss her as a real contender until I study her again.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • My hostess and my Princess were dressed fit to kill, sure—but one of my flunkies, a sixteen-year-old strong contender for Miss Nevia, was dressed only in jewelry but so much of it that she was more "modestly" dressed than Star or Doral Letva, the Lady Doral.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • And Xanthos, in his Einger over all the young men dead, cut down by Akhilleus pitilessly in the stream, gave heart to this contender.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Backward I see in my own days where I sweated through fog with linguists and contenders, I have no mockings or arguments, I witness and wait.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • I have seen Mary contending with the pigs for the offal thrown into the street.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Picking up the weapon now and the swift arrow,
    he stood at the threshold, poised to try the bow
    but failed to bend it. As soon as he tugged the string
    his hands went slack, his soft, uncallused hands,
    and he called back to the suitors, "Friends,
    I can’t bend it. Take it, someone—try.
    Here is a bow to rob our best of life and breath,
    all our best contenders! ...
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • You have to start by wanting to be a contender.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • You have to start by wanting to be a contender, the man coming up, the man who knows there’s a good chance he’ll never get to the top, the man who’s willing to sweat and bleed to get up as high as his legs and his brains and his heart will take him.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • In debate, especially when the dispute is hot and supercharged and freighted with ill will, I have always been the flabbiest of contenders.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • It was simply a matter of finding the right contender-’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • The contender is hanging on, now he’s backing away.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Old contender, will you not yield to the immortal gods?
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Odysseus then you are, O great contender, of whom the glittering god with golden wand spoke to me ever, and foretold the black swift ship would carry you from Troy.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • But for me he was the perfect contender.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • For a while I was rated the Number Seven light-heavyweight contender.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • The contender’s right eye is bleeding and he can’t seem to keep his block up.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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  • The bull in question had been sent by the god Poseidon, long ago, when Minos was contending with his brothers for the throne.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Man cannot contend with the divine.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels

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  • Another point of contention was his tendency to buy things impulsively—a motorcycle, a sailboat.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • The winning side in such a conflict depends on what means the contending parties employ towards insuring success.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • But my contention is that if you have to eat anyway, it just seems to me that you’re shortchanging yourself if you don’t learn how to cook.
    Phil Robertson  --  Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander
  • He described himself as the Devil and contended that his physical shape had begun to alter.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • With no direct heir, there are sure to be many claimants contending for the Hornwood lands.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Let my rivals contend while I bide my own sweet time.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Five times had Old Ghis contended with Valyria when the world was young, and five times gone down to bleak defeat.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • With Stannis Baratheon and Tywin Lannister contending for the Iron Throne, we have a rare chance to improve our lot.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows

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  • A sickly mother, a murdered father, and a plague of uncles were enough for any woman to contend with; she did not require a lovesick puppy too.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • As they contended for rule of the city, the factions became known as the tigers and elephants, respectively.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • "Blocking up the streets and leaving heaps of dung for the likes of us to contend with," said Gerris.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • The State will contend that one of those men was Richard "Bobo" Evans.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Monster
  • I continue to contend that maple syrup, popular as it is among my sailors, is not a reason to go to war with the Horvath.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • My spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • These bones are the center of much contention—we call them Bone Wars.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Woodsong
  • What I contend for is the authenticity of the outline.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • "No, Pip," Joe assented, as if he had been contending for that, all along; "and what I say to you is, you are right, Pip."
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • When he had reached the schoolhouse voices again contending called to him.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • A woman who could betray me for such a rival was not worth contending for; she deserved only scorn; less, however, than I, who had been her dupe.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Let this fellow Be nothing of our strife; if we contend, Out of our question wipe him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • The great contention of the sea and skies Parted our fellowship:—but, hark! a sail.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • That is, by contending that it is not a sight for women they admit that it is a sight for men.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • * she added, as if supposing that this translation of the word would effectively prove to Prince Vasili the invalidity of his contention.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It goes to prove my contention that art should never be anything else.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He well knew the futility of trying to contend against witches, so he gave up discouraged.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • It was the last yearning for life contending with the resolution of despair; then his dungeon seemed less sombre, his prospects less desperate.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Maggie, thinking it was no use to contend further, began too, and ate up her half puff with considerable relish as well as rapidity.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • —weak women, think of that, Not framed by nature to contend with men.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • "The consensus of the best metallurgical authorities," he said, "seems to be highly skeptical about Rearden Metal, contending-"
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • THE BORE: You think not to contend?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Do you contend with shadows?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Weeds were not the only things Frank had to contend with either.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • The clock ticked, the coals blazed higher, and contended with the white radiance that poured in through the windows.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • They too, the patriarchs, the professors, had endless difficulties, terrible drawbacks to contend with.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • In this, I respectfully contend, I have in no respect exceeded the fair license due to the author of a fictitious composition.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • For many moments the elder sister looked upon the younger, with a countenance that wavered with powerful and contending emotions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • David had contended, and the novelty of the circumstance held him silent, in deliberation on the propriety of the unusual occurrence.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • To my amazement, my own husband spouted the Shiite party line, contending that women have more rights than anyone else in Iran.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • This was still the major bone of contention between the Sunis and the Shiites.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • We will not dispute it; my contention was absurd.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • This was at first resolved, If we were wise, against so great a foe Contending, and so doubtful what might fall.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Each square was a volcano attacked by a cloud; lava contended with lightning.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Anxious, half-frightened, he looked from side to side, as he heard the clatter of contending bids,—now here, now there,—till the hammer fell.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • You have that to contend with; I have this—and I would never told you if you hadn’t been hurt, too.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
  • He was thinking about Meina Gladstone’s contention that one of the group was an Ouster agent.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • That has been a matter of contention among the clans.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • We cannot afford to contend with both the Empire and the Varden.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • She sighed to herself, depressed by the prospect of having to contend with another group of beings intent on controlling her for their own ends.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
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