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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Definitions for logomachy

  1. a dispute about or concerning words.
  2. an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words; meaningless battle of words.
  3. a game played with cards, each bearing one letter, with which words are formed.

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Citations for logomachy
And suppose he tackled me again with this logomachy, which might vainly have been set before ancient Oedipus. Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth, translated by Frederick Amadeus Malleson, 1877
Sir Richard Freeman coughed disapprovingly as Fen became launched on his logomachy; he had heard it all before. But Fen was oblivious to such mild innuendoes, and proceeded with irrepressible verve to enlarge on his ideas. Edmund Crispin, The Case of the Gilded Fly, 1944
Origin of logomachy
1560-1570
English logomachy comes straight from the Greek noun logomachía “battle of words.” The Greek noun is very rare and also very late, first used in the First Epistle to Timothy, traditionally attributed to St. Paul (c5-67 a.d.). Logomachy entered English at the end of the 16th century.