Beheading Game

Entertainment / Literature / Beheading Game: A motif from Celtic literature that appears in diverse works such as the Middle Irish Briciu's Feast and the Middle English Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, this situation is one, according to Marie Boroff, 'in which an unknown challenger proposes that one of a group of warriors volunteer to cut off his head, the stroke to be repaid in kind at some future date, the hero accepts this challenge, and at the crucial moment of reprisal is spared and praised for his courage' (See viii, Introduction to Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Trans. Marie Boroff, NY: W. W. Norton Company, 1967.)

Other Words for Game

Game Adjective Synonyms: gamble
Game Noun Synonyms: amusement, pastime, diversion, distraction, recreation, play, sport


Science / Biology / Ligaments: Dense parallel bundles of connective tissue that strengthen joints and hold the bones in place. MORE


Health / First Aid / Ligament: A tough cord of tissue that connects bone to bone or cartilage to bone. MORE

Long Game

Entertainment / Golf / Long Game: The part of golf played with full, or substantial, swings where the ball is intended to cover relatively longer distances (usually thought of in terms of woods, long irons and middle irons) MORE