logomachy

[ loh-gom-uh-kee ]
/ loʊˈgɒm ə ki /
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noun, plural lo·gom·a·chies.

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.

Nearby words

  1. logograph,
  2. logographic,
  3. logography,
  4. logogriph,
  5. logolatry,
  6. logon,
  7. logopaedics,
  8. logopedia,
  9. logopedics,
  10. logophile

Origin of logomachy

From the Greek word logomachía, dating back to 1560–70. See logo-, -machy

Related formslog·o·mach·ic [law-guh-mak-ik, log-uh-] /ˌlɔ gəˈmæk ɪk, ˌlɒg ə-/, log·o·mach·i·cal, adjectivelo·gom·a·chist, log·o·mach, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for logomachy

logomachy

/ (lɒˈɡɒməkɪ) /

noun plural -chies

argument about words or the meaning of words
Derived Formslogomachist, noun

Word Origin for logomachy

C16: from Greek logomakhia, from logos word + makhē battle

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Word Origin and History for logomachy

logomachy

n.

"contention about, or with, words," 1560s, from logo- + -machy.

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