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"Duelo" is a noun which is often translated as "duel", and "quebranto" is a noun which is often translated as "breaking". Learn more about the difference between "duelo" and "quebranto" below.
duelo(
dweh
-
loh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (combat)
a. duel
Aaron Burr mató a Alexander Hamilton en un duelo.Aaron Burr killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
2. (grieving period)
a. mourning
Thomas está de duelo por su difunta esposa.Thomas is in mourning for his dead wife.
3. (pain)
a. grief
Entiendo su duelo. Mi hijo también murió en la guerra.I can understand his grief. My son was also killed in the war.
b. sorrow
Intenta esconder su duelo, pero todos sabemos cómo se siente.She tries to hide her sorrow, but we all know how she is feeling.
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quebranto(
keh
-
brahn
-
toh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (act of breaking)
a. breaking
El quebranto de esta ley conlleva una multa de $1000.The breaking of this law implies a fine of $1000.
2. (weakening)
a. debilitation
El quebranto de la salud del soldado se debe al hastío.The debilitation of the soldier's health can be attributed to ennui.
3. (devastation)
a. damage
El quebranto causado por el terremoto no se puede reparar.The damage caused by the earthquake cannot be repaired.
b. loss
El gobierno gastó más de diez millones de dólares para cubrir el quebranto causado por la inundación.The government spent over ten million dollars to cover the losses caused by the flood.
4. (suffering)
a. grief
El quebranto de Ronald pasó a ser una depresión.Ronald's grief transformed into depression.
b. sorrow
La muerte de la esposa del viejo le produjo un quebranto que jamás pudo superar.The death of the elderly man's wife caused him such sorrow that was never able to overcome it.
c. pain
La ida de mi hermano a la guerra me generó tristeza y quebranto.The departure of my brother to the war caused me sadness and pain.
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