logomachy

[loh-gom-uh-kee]
noun, plural lo·gom·a·chies.
  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.

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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logomachy

noun plural -chies
  1. 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
n.

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

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