pilpul

[ pil-pool ]

noun
  1. a method of disputation among rabbinical scholars regarding the interpretation of Talmudic rules and principles or Scripture that involves the development of careful and often excessively subtle distinctions.

Origin of pilpul

1
1890–95; <Aramaic, Hebrew pilpūl, akin to pilpēl to search, debate

Other words from pilpul

  • pil·pul·ist, noun
  • pil·pul·is·tic, adjective

Words Nearby pilpul

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024