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From Middle French corrival, from Latin corrīvālis.


corrival (plural corrivals)

  1. A fellow rival; a competitor; a rival.
    • 1598, Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1:
      So he that doth redeem her thence might wear
      Without corrival all her dignities:
      But out upon this half-facd fellowship!
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], “Iealousie, His Equivocations, Name, Definition, Extent, Seuerall Kindes, of Princes, Parents, Friends. In Beasts, Men, before Marriage, as Corriuals, or after, as in this Place”, in The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, partition 3, section 3, member 1, subsection 1, pages 465–466:
      Petronius calleth this paſſion [i.e., jealousy] amantium furioſam æmulationem, a furious emulation, and their ſymptomes are well expreſſed by Sr Ieffrey Chaucer in his firſt Canterbury tale. It will make the neareſt & deareſt friends fall out; they will endure al other things to be common, goods, lands, moneyes, participate of all other pleaſures, and take in good part any diſgraces, iniuries in another kind, but as Propertius well deſcribes it in an Elegie of his, in this they will ſuffer nothing, have no corriuals.
  2. (archaic) A companion.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1
      The Prince of Wales, Lord John of Lancaster,
      The noble Westmoreland, and warlike Blunt;
      And many more corrivals and dear men
      Of estimation and command in arms.


corrival (comparative more corrival, superlative most corrival)

  1. Having rivaling claims; emulous; in rivalry.
    • Bishop William Fleetwood, An essay upon miracles
      Not thinking, perhaps, that this would be, to erect a Power equal, and corrival with that of God Almighty []


corrival (third-person singular simple present corrivals, present participle corrivalling, simple past and past participle corrivalled)

  1. To compete with; to rival