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dispute
used in Gulliver's Travels

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1  —3 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
Definition
challenge, argue about, or fight over
  • I then descended to the courts of justice; over which the judges, those venerable sages and interpreters of the law, presided, for determining the disputed rights and properties of men, as well as for the punishment of vice and protection of innocence.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (67% in)
  • But what I chiefly admired, and thought altogether unaccountable, was the strong disposition I observed in them towards news and politics, perpetually inquiring into public affairs, giving their judgments in matters of state, and passionately disputing every inch of a party opinion.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (18% in)
  • I remember it was with extreme difficulty that I could bring my master to understand the meaning of the word opinion, or how a point could be disputable; because reason taught us to affirm or deny only where we are certain; and beyond our knowledge we cannot do either.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (61% in)

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  • So that controversies, wranglings, disputes, and positiveness, in false or dubious propositions, are evils unknown among the Houyhnhnms.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (61% in)
  • Indeed I must confess, that as to the people of Lilliput, Brobdingrag (for so the word should have been spelt, and not erroneously Brobdingnag), and Laputa, I have never yet heard of any Yahoo so presumptuous as to dispute their being, or the facts I have related concerning them; because the truth immediately strikes every reader with conviction.
    Introductory Sections (85% in)
  • He disputes with his majesty's great scholars.
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (26% in)
  • ...who waited behind him with a white staff, near as tall as the mainmast of the Royal Sovereign, he observed "how contemptible a thing was human grandeur, which could be mimicked by such diminutive insects as I: and yet," says he, "I dare engage these creatures have their titles and distinctions of honour; they contrive little nests and burrows, that they call houses and cities; they make a figure in dress and equipage; they love, they fight, they dispute, they cheat, they betray!"
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (36% in)
  • ...I understood the manner of compounding them, and could direct his workmen how to make those tubes, of a size proportionable to all other things in his majesty's kingdom, and the largest need not be above a hundred feet long; twenty or thirty of which tubes, charged with the proper quantity of powder and balls, would batter down the walls of the strongest town in his dominions in a few hours, or destroy the whole metropolis, if ever it should pretend to dispute his absolute commands."
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (76% in)
  • I mean, if the inhabitants ought to be believed, unless a dispute may arise concerning the two Yahoos, said to have been seen many years ago upon a mountain in Houyhnhnmland.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (97% in)

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