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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rivalry the act of competing as for profit or a prize "the teams were in fierce contention for first place"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: During the baseball rivalries between the two major leagues in the 1890s, the Pittsburgh Nationals took advantage of a technicality and signed a player away from another club. The Nationals' president, J. Palmer O'Neill, was called J. "Pirate" O'Neill, and his club became the Pittsburgh Pirates.
    • n Rivalry The act of rivaling, or the state of being a rival; a competition. "Keen contention and eager rivalries ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rivalry The act of rivaling; competition; a strife or effort to obtain an object which another is pursuing: as, rivalry in love; an endeavor to equal or surpass another in some excellence; emulation: as, rivalry for superiority at the bar or in the senate.
    • n rivalry Synonyms Competition, etc. See emulation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Rivalry act of rivalling: competition: emulation
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  • Henry Brooks Adams
    “One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    “There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “It is the privilege of posterity to set matters right between those antagonists who, by their rivalry for greatness, divided a whole age.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “Rivalry is the life of trade, and the death of the trader.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. rivalisrivus, a brook.


In literature:

We are not jealous of rivalry in the fields of commerce or of any other peaceful achievement.
"President Wilson's Addresses" by Woodrow Wilson
Though the Luebeck maiden had stirred no bad blood between them, musical rivalry did.
"The Great German Composers" by George T. Ferris
Thus all the more important fiefs were in the hands of the imperial family, though this did not mean that rivalries came to an end.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
He had seen enough of the effect of rivalry.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
The rivalry which had existed between the Portuguese and the French in the early days of Brazilian colonization has already been referred to.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel
The rivalry between the two schools was keen.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
Rivalry was sacrificed at the shrine of ambition.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
He knew nothing of rivalry or envy.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
I tolerate no rivalry here.
"Conjuror's House" by Stewart Edward White
Then a kind of jealous rage seized the females, although no male was present to arouse such feminine rivalry.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
Emulation carries with it neither envy nor unfair rivalry, but inspires a man to surpass all others by superiority alone.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3)" by S. Spooner
I trust your twittering birds won't be provoked to rivalry.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
Injury to public peace from Circus rivalries 161 31.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
Here am I ready to meet John Kars, or a dozen of his kind, in any play known to man, except rivalry for a woman.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
The incidents of the rivalry between them, therefore, were often very amusing, though we cannot relate them all.
"Japanese Literature" by Various
Despite its small population and the rivalry of Varna and the Turkish port of Dedeagatch, Burgas has a considerable transit trade.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
This means keen hunting, keen rivalry for one to outdo another in the giving of sumptuous feasts.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
The counsels of St. Paul and his own sagacity warned him against exposing his Church to the danger of jealous rivalry.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore
The rivalry between Antony and Octavius as to who should control the destinies of Rome was the immediate cause of the conflict.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
The rivalry was brilliant, the prize was inestimable.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 55, No. 343, May 1844" by Various

In poetry:

The homage that we render Thee
Is still our Father's own;
No jealous claim or rivalry
Divides the Cross and Throne.
"Our Master" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Scene, formed the eye of taste to please!
There splendid domes attention seize,
There, proudly towering, spreading trees
Arise in beauteous rivalry:....
"Lines On The Place De La Concorde At Paris," by Amelia Opie
Scene, formed the eye of taste to please!
There splendid domes attention seize,
There, proudly towering, spreading trees
Arise in beauteous rivalry:….
"On the Place de la Concorde" by Amelia Opie
By this I gained his strength and height
Without his rivalry.
But in my triumph I lost sight
Of afterhaps. Soon he,
Being bark-bound, flagged, snapped, fell outright,
And in his fall felled me!
"The Ivy-Wife" by Thomas Hardy
About thee in they meteor flight along
The shore, the shrieking sea birds throng
In clustered clouds of angry rivalry, and skim the sea
To rise and dip again, and follow with their free Wild tuneless song.
"The Wrecked Aeroplane" by Leon Gellert
All your strifes and vexations, your whims and complaints,
(You were not saints yourselves, if the children of saints!)
All your petty self-seekings and rivalries done,
Round the dear Alma Mater your hearts beat as one!
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Call it a truce in the age-old rivalry between cats and dogs.
The rivalry is alive and growing.
South Carolina and Clemson renew one of the great rivalries in men's soccer Friday night when they meet in Columbia, S.C.
The Palmetto State derby in one of the great state rivalries.
2 Ducks feel about the past rivalry with the Washington Huskies.
For 15 years, one of the oldest school rivalries has inspired both teams to reach a common goal.
FINAL FOUR;States Put Aside Their Rivalry And Try a Little Cooperation.
ODU, Hampton resume '757' football rivalry.
Rivalry week between the Lafayette and Oxford school districts continued Tuesday night with middle school football action at Bobby Holcomb Field.
In Maine, a Rivalry Boils Up On the Lobster-Boat Racing Circuit .
Rivalry for the ravenous .
The "Around The Horn" panel debates whether the rivalry between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots has been reborn with the Colts' addition of quarterback Andrew Luck.
Dodgers and Giants Rejuvenate a Rivalry.
Opening night features big rivalry in each county.
Old sibling rivalry to be renewed Thursday night at Romney Stadium as Larsen brothers lead respective teams into battle.

In science:

The generally friendly but nevertheless intense rivalry between the groups at Keck (Ghez) and at ESO (Genzel/Eckart) promises further interesting results in the near future.
Coevolution of Black Holes and Galaxies: Conference Summary
For instance, related distinctions one could make here are on rivalry and durability of a resource. A rivalrous resource cannot be used at the same time by another user, whereas access to a nonrival resource does not exclude such access by others (cf. common property resources).
The Identity Crisis. Security, Privacy and Usability Issues in Identity Management
The time course of binocular rivalry reveals a fundamental role of noise.
Expectation-Propagation for Likelihood-Free Inference
Moreover, we want to understand the relevance of power in the rivalry of populations .
Cooperation, Norms, and Revolutions: A Unified Game-Theoretical Approach