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eristic

[e-ris-tik] /ɛˈrɪs tɪk/
adjective
1.
Also, eristical. pertaining to controversy or disputation; controversial.
noun
2.
a person who engages in disputation; controversialist.
3.
the art of disputation.
Origin of eristic
1630-1640
1630-40; < Greek eristikós, equivalent to erist(ós) (verbid of erízein, derivative of éris discord) + -ikos -ic
Related forms
eristically, adverb
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  • Sokrates was much more eristic than Protagoras, who generally manifested himself by continuous speech or lecture.

  • Here, then, is a double indication of the connexion of the Parmenides with the eristic school.

    Parmenides Plato
  • Lucian's references to the school are as eristic or argumentative.

  • According to Aristotle himself, therefore, the Dialectician is agonistic and eristic, just as much as the Sophist.

    Aristotle George Grote
  • Here again we catch a glimpse rather of a Socratic or eristic than of a Sophist in the ordinary sense of the term.

    Sophist Plato
  • He belonged to the fighting class, and was further distinguished as a hero of debate, who professed the eristic art.

    Sophist Plato
British Dictionary definitions for eristic

eristic

/ɛˈrɪstɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating, or given to controversy or logical disputation, esp for its own sake
noun
2.
a person who engages in logical disputes; a controversialist
3.
the art or practice of logical disputation, esp if specious
Word Origin
C17: from Greek eristikos, from erizein to wrangle, from eris discord
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