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What is the difference between dual and duel?
means duo or double.
denotes a combat arranged by two people or groups.
- I challenge you to a duel.
Dual and Duel
The words dual
sound quite similar, but their meanings are very different.
The adjective dual
means double or composed of two parts.
- After I marry, I will retain dual nationality.
- I live a dual life. On the red carpet, it's complete glam. But at home, I'm a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. (Ashley Greene)
The noun duel
is a prearranged combat between two people or groups. The word duel
can also be used as a verb
- Her father was injured in a duel.
- They will duel at sundown.
(This is an example of duel being used as a verb)
You will also see duel
being used figuratively
. For example:
- The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated. (Charles Baudelaire)
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