- Also er·is·ti·cal. pertaining to controversy or disputation; controversial.
- a person who engages in disputation; controversialist.
- the art of disputation.
Origin of eristic
1630–40; < Greek eristikós, equivalent to erist(ós) (verbid of erízein, derivative of éris discord) + -ikos -ic
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Examples from the Web for eristic
Here, then, is a double indication of the connexion of the Parmenides with the Eristic school.Parmenides
Lucian's references to the school are as eristic or argumentative.The Works of Lucian of Samosata, v. 4
Lucian of Samosata
According to Aristotle himself, therefore, the Dialectician is agonistic and eristic, just as much as the Sophist.Aristotle
Here again we catch a glimpse rather of a Socratic or Eristic than of a Sophist in the ordinary sense of the term.
He belonged to the fighting class, and was further distinguished as a hero of debate, who professed the eristic art.
- of, relating, or given to controversy or logical disputation, esp for its own sake
- a person who engages in logical disputes; a controversialist
- the art or practice of logical disputation, esp if specious
C17: from Greek eristikos, from erizein to wrangle, from eris discord