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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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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.
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.