pilpul

[ pil-pool ]
/ ˈpɪl pʊl /

noun

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.

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Origin of pilpul

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

OTHER WORDS FROM pilpul

pil·pul·ist, nounpil·pul·is·tic, adjective
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