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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.
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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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Examples from the Web for logomachy

Historical Examples

  • How innocent was this gentleman of the arts and stratagems of logomachy, or book-wars!

    Calamities and Quarrels of Authors

    Isaac Disraeli

  • Our difference as to pity I suspect was a logomachy of my making.

  • A: Abuse of words, logomachy, equivocation; theft could not be committed at Sparta, when everything was common property.

  • Their logomachy was far more stimulating to his intellect than the reserved and quiet dogmatism of Mr. Morse.

    Martin Eden

    Jack London

  • While perfectly willing to watch the logomachy when it should arrive, I had no wish to take part.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson


British Dictionary definitions for logomachy

logomachy

noun plural -chies
  1. argument about words or the meaning of words
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Derived Formslogomachist, noun

Word Origin

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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