A type of Roman gladiator who forsaked dexterity for sheer brute force, by wearing full metal body-armour, including a helmet without eye-holes. These gladiators usually charged blindly at each other on horseback.
    Battles between two of these gladiators were generally finished either extremely quickly, with one incapacitating the other in the first charge, or were long, drawn-out ordeals where both men, riding blind in heavy armour, attempted to find their way to each other with the aid of the crowd's shouted directions.

By extension, these days andabate refers to a person who is in the dark, who doesn't understand the reality of the situation, or who has been hoodwinked.

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