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v. de·bat·ed, de·bat·ing, de·bates
1. To consider something; deliberate.
2. To engage in argument by discussing opposing points.
3. To engage in a formal discussion or argument. See Synonyms at discuss.
4. Obsolete To fight or quarrel.
1. To deliberate on; consider.
2. To dispute or argue about.
3. To discuss or argue (a question, for example) formally.
4. Obsolete To fight or argue for or over.
1. A discussion involving opposing points; an argument.
2. Deliberation; consideration: passed the motion with little debate.
3. A formal contest of argumentation in which two opposing teams defend and attack a given proposition.
4. Obsolete Conflict; strife.

[Middle English debaten, from Old French debatre : de-, de- + battre, to beat; see batter1.]

de·bate′ment n.
de·bat′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.debater - someone who engages in debatedebater - someone who engages in debate  
controversialist, disputant, eristic - a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
devil's advocate - someone who takes the worse side just for the sake of argument
confuter, disprover, rebutter, refuter - a debater who refutes or disproves by offering contrary evidence or argument
wrangler - someone who argues noisily or angrily


[dɪˈbeɪtəʳ] Npolemista mf
he was a brilliant debaterbrillaba en los debates


nDebattierer(in) m(f)
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Abelard, a man of splendid talents, and ranking as the first debater of his time, became timid, irresolute, and distrustful of his powers.
If you had done with Cuffy what you ought to have done when he first came into Parliament, and had prevented him from going over to Duffy, you would have got him into alliance with Fuffy, you would have had with you the weight attaching as a smart debater to Guffy, you would have brought to bear upon the elections the wealth of Huffy, you would have got in for three counties Juffy, Kuffy, and Luffy, and you would have strengthened your administration by the official knowledge and the business habits of Muffy.
Each of the speakers expresses himself imperfectly; no one of them hears much that another says, such is the preoccupation of mind of each; and the audience, who have only to hear and not to speak, judge very wisely and superiorly how wrongheaded and unskilful is each of the debaters to his own affair.
The recoil of the butt into the pit of the man's stomach had not been the most sanguinary result, for the charge of shot, at a distance of a yard, had blown the head of one of the debaters into nothingness.
RQ2: When a debater is faced with nonverbal disparagement by an opponent during a televised political debate, are audience perceptions of the debater's appropriateness a function of the debater's level of politeness in response to the opponent's disagreement?
Erin Hill won the trophy for the Best Individual Debater and, along with her debating partner Harry Doodson, also won the Best Team Trophy.
Fiorina also said many Clinton supporters were "stunned" that Joe Biden, the senator who Obama has chosen as his vice-presidential candidate, was praised as a good debater and campaigner.
The founder and longtime editor of National Review, gifted debater, author, and columnist seemed in the 1960s to be the country's only erudite, witty conservative.
Ahfad has successfully won the cup, student Jihad Abu Nafisa, school of Medicine got the prize of the best debater.
Karl Rove's origins as a debater come as no surprise to anyone who has ever witnessed policy debate.
Marina Gatto--a straight-A student, debater and activist--was recently inducted into the San Mateo County Women's Hall of Fame for her work with the LGBT community.
Shanker's intellect and skills as a debater were backed by a forceful personality and real-world power.