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cham·pi·on / ˈchampēən/ • n. 1. a person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, esp. in sports. 2. a person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else. ∎ hist. a knight who fought in single combat on behalf of the monarch. • v. [tr.] support the cause of; defend: priests who championed human rights.

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champion fighting man; one who fights on behalf of another. XIII. — (O)F. :- medL. campio, f. campus field, CAMP.
Hence champion vb. †challenge XVII; fight on behalf of XIX.

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Champion, uninc. community in the town of Green Bay (2000 pop. 1,722), Brown co., NE Wis., NE of the city of Green Bay. It is noted for the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, the only U.S. site that is recognized by the Roman Catholic church as the location of an apparition of the Virgin Mary. She is believed to have appeared three times to a Belgian immigrant, Adele Brise, in 1859.

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Champion ★★★½ 1949

An ambitious prizefighter alienates the people around him as he desperately fights his way to the top. When he finally reaches his goal, he is forced to question the cost of his success. From a story by Ring Lardner. Certainly one of the best films ever made about boxing, with less sentiment than “Rocky” but concerned with sociological correctness. 99m/B VHS, DVD . Kirk Douglas, Arthur Kennedy, Marilyn Maxwell, Ruth Roman, Lola Albright, Paul Stewart; D: Mark Robson; W: Carl Foreman; C: Franz Planer; M: Dimitri Tiomkin. Oscars ’49: Film Editing.

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