Definition of swordplay in English:


Syllabification: sword·play
Pronunciation: /ˈsôrdplā


1The activity or skill of fencing with swords or foils.
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  • Swetnam was teaching fencing and general swordplay at a time when the rapier was making a distinct change from a cut and thrust weapon to that of a primarily thrusting weapon.
  • He also gives demonstrations of classical fencing and historical swordplay.
  • Ultimately, it is the fencing, the swordplay in the swashbuckler movie, that catches our attention.
1.1Repartee; skillful debate: this intellectual swordplay went on for several minutes
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  • The classic love story of Cyrano's wooing of Roxanne is filled with comedy and intellectual swordplay.
  • The camera swings slowly round the hospital room as these veterans of intellectual swordplay recall the ideologies they had once lived by.
  • Even boys without bookish hopes aped their careless style of dress and the ritual swordplay of their speech.

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