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e·ris·tic

 (ĭ-rĭs′tĭk) also e·ris·ti·cal (-tĭ-kəl)
adj.
Given to or characterized by disputatious, often specious argument.
n.
1. One given to disputation or argument.
2. The art or practice of disputation and polemics.

[Greek eristikos, from erizein, to wrangle, quarrel, from eris, erid-, strife.]

eristic

(ɛˈrɪstɪk)
adj
of, relating, or given to controversy or logical disputation, esp for its own sake
n
1. a person who engages in logical disputes; a controversialist
2. the art or practice of logical disputation, esp if specious
[C17: from Greek eristikos, from erizein to wrangle, from eris discord]

er•is•tic

(ɛˈrɪs tɪk)

adj.
1. Also, er•is′ti•cal. pertaining to controversy or disputation.
n.
2. a person who engages in disputation.
3. the art of disputation.
[1630–40; < Greek eristikós=erist(ós), v. adj. of erízein, derivative of éris discord + -ikos -ic]
er•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.

eristic

- Means "enjoying argument for its own sake," or "of or pertaining to controversy."
See also related terms for sake.

eristic

1. a participant in an argument or controversy.
2. the art of disputation. — eristic, eristical, adj.
See also: Argumentation
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
contester - someone who contests an outcome (of a race or an election etc.)
accuser - someone who imputes guilt or blame
arguer, debater - someone who engages in debate
denier - one who denies
hairsplitter - a disputant who makes unreasonably fine distinctions
logomach, logomachist - someone given to disputes over words
obstructer, obstructionist, obstructor, resister, thwarter - someone who systematically obstructs some action that others want to take
quarreler, quarreller - a disputant who quarrels
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer - a disputant who advocates reform
2.eristic - the art of logical disputation (especially if specious)
artistry, prowess, art - a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation; "the art of conversation"; "it's quite an art"
Adj.1.eristic - given to disputation for its own sake and often employing specious arguments
argumentative - given to or characterized by argument; "an argumentative discourse"; "argumentative to the point of being cantankerous"; "an intelligent but argumentative child"

eristic

adjective
Translations
eristisch
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