[ e-ris-tik ]
/ ɛˈrɪs tɪk /


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
Related formser·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for eristic


/ (ɛˈrɪstɪk) /

adjective Also: eristical

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

Word Origin for eristic

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