controvertist


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controvertist

(ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːtɪst)
n
a controversialist
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Here were no Gibers, Censurers, Backbiters, Pickpockets, Highwaymen, House-breakers, Attorneys, Bawds, Buffoons, Gamesters, Politicians, Wits, Spleneticks, tedious Talkers, Controvertists, Ravishers, Murderers, Robbers, Virtuoso's; no Leaders or Followers of Party and Faction; no Encouragers to Vice, by Seducement or Examples: No Dungeon, Axes, Gibbets, Whipping-posts, or Pillories; No cheating Shopkeepers or Mechanicks: No Pride, Vanity or Affectation: No Fops, Bullies, Drunkards, strolling Whores, or Poxes: No ranting, lewd, expensive Wives: No stupid, proud Pedants: No importunate, over-bearing, quarrelsome, noisy, roaring, empty, conceited, swearing Companions: No Scoundrels raised from the Dust upon the Merit of their Vices; No Lords, Fidlers, Judges or Dancing-masters.
The controvertists, answered my father, assign two and twenty different reasons for [circumcision]:--others indeed, who have drawn their pens on the opposite side of the question, have shewn the world the futility of the greatest part of them.
The interpretive warfare of controvertists can indeed be played out as interminably as Gymnast and Tripet's acrobatics, but in the meantime the battling churchmen neglect their moral duties to their flocks.