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rivalry Syllabification: ri·val·ry
Pronunciation: /ˈrīvəlrē/

Definition of rivalry in English:

noun (plural rivalries)

Competition for the same objective or for superiority in the same field: commercial rivalry intercity rivalries
More example sentences
  • In the arithmetic of superpower rivalry during the Cold War people tended to be forgotten, the reality buried under rhetoric.
  • Did the normal business competition and healthy professional rivalry they cultivated really amount to a war?
  • I felt that I had witnessed some type of argument, sibling rivalry, and battle of wits all rolled into a few bizarre minutes.
competitiveness, competition, contention, vying;
opposition, conflict, feuding, antagonism, friction, enmity

Words that rhyme with rivalry

dentistry • Nyree • pinetree

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