Definition of swordplay in US English:



  • 1The activity or skill of fencing with swords or foils.

    • ‘While swordplay done in earnest is now a thing of the past, a wealth of information regarding stab wounds to the heart has been accumulated in recent times by the practitioners of modern forensic medicine.’
    • ‘Unless you're doing a documentary on swordplay, the swords are only a vehicle to express character and conflict.’
    • ‘Conrad was a man, his skills of swordplay and defensive combat trained to their peak.’
    • ‘The Italians were the first scientists of rapier swordplay all through the 16th Century.’
    • ‘The two of them frequented the salles d' armes of Paris for a while, and some say that while he at first was her tutor in swordplay, she soon surpassed him.’
    • ‘Early American motion pictures have frequently misrepresented virtually every aspect of authentic swordplay.’
    • ‘It is not part of the repertoire of real world swordplay.’
    • ‘Ultimately, it is the fencing, the swordplay in the swashbuckler movie, that catches our attention.’
    • ‘The Prince was designed so that his skills in combat, from swordplay to martial arts, are unmatched, since the best instructors of Persia have trained him all his life.’
    • ‘While all his books are a guaranteed good read, Master-at-Arms stands out as unsurpassed in offering a glimpse of swordplay that even the rankest novice can understand and even the most expert can appreciate.’
    • ‘It may be that the pendulum has swung as far as possible away from real swordplay and is starting to swing back toward it.’
    • ‘I was no ladylike girl, but a tomboy, preferring riding, archery and swordplay to the more ladylike pursuits of dancing, embroidery and crochet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, in all fairness it should be pointed out, Gaugler was concerned not with reconstructing Renaissance swordplay in all its diversity, but in tracing the technical origins of his own modern sport from the rapier.’
    • ‘Kaede's athleticism and strength showed even if I had no knowledge of the skills necessary for his swordplay.’
    • ‘He also gives demonstrations of classical fencing and historical swordplay.’
    • ‘Learning to fence was the consummation of a love affair I'd had with swordplay ever since Errol Flynn first swashbuckled his way across my late-night TV screen as Captain Blood.’
    • ‘While aesthetic considerations are admittedly subjective, of course, I can find little in the Olympic style that even distantly resembles actual swordplay.’
    • ‘The popularity of fencing in Tudor times was largely due to Henry VIII who encouraged displays of swordplay and who had, in 1540, given the London Masters of Defence a monopoly of teaching arms.’
    • ‘He has had numerous articles published over the years on the sport of fencing, history of swordsmanship, and swordplay in the movies.’
    1. 1.1 Repartee; skillful debate.
      ‘this intellectual swordplay went on for several minutes’
      • ‘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.’
      repartee, raillery, ripostes, sallies, quips, wisecracks, crosstalk, wordplay
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