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n. pl. lo·gom·a·chies
1. A dispute about words.
2. A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words.

[Greek logomakhiā, from logomakhein, to fight about words : logo-, logo- + makhē, battle.]


n, pl -chies
(Linguistics) argument about words or the meaning of words
[C16: from Greek logomakhia, from logos word + makhē battle]
loˈgomachist loˈgomach n


(loʊˈgɒm ə ki)

n., pl. -chies.
1. a dispute about words.
2. an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words.
[1560–70; < Greek logomachía. See logo-, -machy]


1. a dispute about or concerning words.
2. a contention marked by the careless or incorrect use of words; a mean-ingless battle of words. — logomach, logomacher, logomachist, n. — logo- machic, logomachical, adj.
See also: Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.logomachy - argument about words or the meaning of words
argumentation, debate, argument - a discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal; "the argument over foreign aid goes on and on"
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Saxon, on the contrary, delighted in the logomachy, though little enough she understood of it, following mainly by feeling, and once in a while catching a high light.
Their logomachy was far more stimulating to his intellect than the reserved and quiet dogmatism of Mr.
After a time this "progressive" logomachy had reached a crisis of tedium; Lord Galloway got up also and sought the drawing-room.
It is natural for a consummate positivist to see in this history nothing but a "monstrous logomachy.
3) Crashword: a game in which the object is to be the last person to add a word to the list which doesn't crash with any of the earlier words (the game of Uncrash, featured in Word Ways Logomachy in 1973)
a privileged place for logomachy, and crises and cycles are no exception--indeed, they are probably one of the main loci of doctrinal clashes.
Further, significant gush in the trade volumes in general and large volumes of positions held by longonly commodity index funds have galvanized the logomachy over whether a 'price bubble' existed in these markets.