eristic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj eristic given to disputation for its own sake and often employing specious arguments
    • n eristic the art of logical disputation (especially if specious)
    • n eristic a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Eristic Controversial. "A specimen of admirable special pleading in the court of eristic logic."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • eristic Pertaining to disputation or controversy; controversial; disputatious; captious.
    • n eristic One given to disputation; a controversialist.
    • n eristic An art of logical criticism practised by the Megarics and other ancient philosophers. It has the appearance of mere captiousness and quibbling, but had a serious motive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Eristic er-is′tik of or pertaining to controversy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to strive, wrangle, strife
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. erizein, to strive—eris, strife.

Usage

In literature:

Plato saw the necessity of combating the illogical logic of the Megarians and Eristics.
"Theaetetus" by Plato
Here again we catch a glimpse rather of a Socratic or Eristic than of a Sophist in the ordinary sense of the term.
"Sophist" by Plato
A person more thoroughly Eristic than Sokrates never lived.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume I (of 4)" by George Grote
Ueberweg remarks with great justice, that Isokrates called all speculators on philosophy by the name of Eristics.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume II (of 4)" by George Grote
Eristic and dialectic, ii.
"Plato and the Other Companions of Sokrates, 3rd ed. Volume IV (of 4)" by George Grote
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In news:

The past few years have been frustrating for Jeff Gordon and that frustration finally manifested Sunday at Phoenix, in an uncharact-eristic manner.
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In science:

Alloptical communication benefits from a number of good charact eristics such as no opto-electronic conversion, high noise immunity, and low latency.
Online Permutation Routing in Partitioned Optical Passive Star Networks
For this reason, we shall not work with fields of charact eristic 2 when g is of type A2n .
Finite-dimensional representations of twisted hyper loop algebras
Scienti fic literature databases exhibit two interesting charact eristics that are different from general databases.
C-Rank: A Link-based Similarity Measure for Scientific Literature Databases
Scienti fic literature databases exhibit two unique charact eristics that do not exist in general databases.
C-Rank: A Link-based Similarity Measure for Scientific Literature Databases
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