pilpul

pilpul

[pil-pool]
noun
a method of disputation among rabbinical scholars regarding the interpretation of Talmudic rules and principles or Scripture that involves the development of careful and often excessively subtle distinctions.

Origin:
1890–95; < Aramaic, Hebrew pilpūl, akin to pilpēl to search, debate

pilpulist, noun
pilpulistic, adjective
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