- a dispute about or concerning words.
- an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words; meaningless battle of words.
- a game played with cards, each bearing one letter, with which words are formed.
Origin of logomachy
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Examples from the Web for logomachy
How innocent was this gentleman of the arts and stratagems of logomachy, or book-wars!Calamities and Quarrels of Authors
Our difference as to pity I suspect was a logomachy of my making.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)
Robert Louis Stevenson
A: Abuse of words, logomachy, equivocation; theft could not be committed at Sparta, when everything was common property.
Their logomachy was far more stimulating to his intellect than the reserved and quiet dogmatism of Mr. Morse.Martin Eden
While perfectly willing to watch the logomachy when it should arrive, I had no wish to take part.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
- argument about words or the meaning of words
C16: from Greek logomakhia, from logos word + makhē battle
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Word Origin and History for logomachy
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