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eristic

[e-ris-tik]
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adjective
  1. Also er·is·ti·cal. pertaining to controversy or disputation; controversial.
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noun
  1. a person who engages in disputation; controversialist.
  2. the art of disputation.
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Origin of eristic

1630–40; < Greek eristikós, equivalent to erist(ós) (verbid of erízein, derivative of éris discord) + -ikos -ic
Related formser·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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Related Words

belligerentcombativecontentiouscontroversialdisputatiouslitigiousquarrelsomescrappytesty

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Historical Examples

  • Here, then, is a double indication of the connexion of the Parmenides with the Eristic school.

    Parmenides

    Plato

  • Lucian's references to the school are as eristic or argumentative.

  • According to Aristotle himself, therefore, the Dialectician is agonistic and eristic, just as much as the Sophist.

    Aristotle

    George Grote

  • Here again we catch a glimpse rather of a Socratic or Eristic than of a Sophist in the ordinary sense of the term.

    Sophist

    Plato

  • He belonged to the fighting class, and was further distinguished as a hero of debate, who professed the eristic art.

    Sophist

    Plato


British Dictionary definitions for eristic

eristic

adjective Also: eristical
  1. of, relating, or given to controversy or logical disputation, esp for its own sake
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noun
  1. a person who engages in logical disputes; a controversialist
  2. the art or practice of logical disputation, esp if specious
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Word Origin

C17: from Greek eristikos, from erizein to wrangle, from eris discord
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