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pilpul

[pil-poo l] /ˈpɪl pʊl/
noun
1.
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
1890-1895
1890-95; < Aramaic, Hebrew pilpūl, akin to pilpēl to search, debate
Related forms
pilpulist, noun
pilpulistic, adjective
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