• WordNet 3.6
    • n debater someone who engages in debate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st televised presidential debate was September 26, 1960, between Nixon and Kennedy.
    • n Debater One who debates; one given to argument; a disputant; a controvertist. "Debate where leisure serves with dull debaters ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n debater One who strives or contends; a fighter; a quarreler.
    • n debater One who debates; a disputant; a wrangler.
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.”
  • Joseph Joubert
    Joseph Joubert
    “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate.”
  • Emil Ludwig
    Emil Ludwig
    “Debate is the death of conversation.”
  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “Debate is masculine, conversation is feminine.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.”
  • Christopher Lasch
    Christopher Lasch
    “Information, usually seen as the precondition of debate, is better understood as its by-product.”


In literature:

There were shoutings and debate; the cries of servants and the gossip of parties.
"The City of Delight" by Elizabeth Miller
He glanced from Smith to Fred, and from the latter to myself, as though debating whether we were the guilty party.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Webster, great debater that he was, knew that the real secret of a speaker's power was an emotional one.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
He had in 1854 yielded his priority of claim to Trumbull; he alone had successfully encountered Douglas in debate.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
Down below the herd in its dumb parliament was debating whether he should be the hunted.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
The President attended the debate in the Second Raad and violently opposed the measure.
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick
This body was not to be a parliament in any real sense, but a debating society.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
These gentlemen had had some sparrings in debate before, and continued ever very hostile to each other.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
And was there ever a proposition so plain, as to pass Congress without a debate?
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
The modeling and funding the domestic debt occasions great debates and great difficulty.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson

In poetry:

"Let me light my lamp,"
say the star,
'and never debate
if it will help to remove the darkness."
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
Be thou, O Christ, my advocate,
And enter for me to debate,
Nor let the overbearing foe
Insult a man so very low!
"Part Of The Sixty-Ninth Psalm" by Rees Prichard
Jeo vous pry sans debat
That ye wolde of myn estat
Sertfyes a vous jeo fay
I wil in time whan I may
"Lines from Love Letters" by Anonymous British
"In this debate I'd have you find,
With all the cunning of your mind,
Sure victory for Quog's great Cause,
And swift defeat for Stodge's laws."
"But cunning I have none," quoth Sym.
The Mayor slowly winked at him.
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
"Nay," said the Mayor. "Not so fast!
The day climbs high, but sinks at last.
And trees, all spreading to the sun,
Are slain because they cannot run.
The great Sir Stodge, filled full of hate,
Has challenged you to hold debate.
"The Debate" by C J Dennis
Thus it happened .... As I've mentioned, some folk think it has a moral.
You may judge that little matter, as I said when I began.
'Tis to me the simple story of a very ancient quarrel
'Mid the Git-yer-gun debaters with their quait old Party Plan.
"Git-Yer-Gun" by C J Dennis

In news:

Contrary to conventional wisdom that debates are rarely, if ever, game-changers, the first presidential debate was a demolition derby.
In case you've forgotten, or maybe missed it back then, Democratic VP hopeful US Senator Joe Biden had the top laugh line of the barely recalled Democratic Presidential debates, during the July 25 '07 YouTube internet debate.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks about President Obama's comeback performance in the second presidential debate, and why he laughed during his debate against vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.
That is the subject of much college debate, and if you have missed the debate, it is perhaps because you don't masturbate enough.
In presidential politics, a debate — a real debate — is a test like no other.
Paul Ryan has been meticulously preparing for his debate with Vice President Joe Biden INSIDE: Where to watch live video of the debate online.
Paul Ryan, Joe Biden debate live video stream, live blog: Ryan's debate prep as meticulous as he is.
The No-Nonsense Debate Fox News shows how a debate is done.
Rep Connie Mack, R-Fort Myers, left, debates US Sen Bill Nelson, D-Fla. On Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. Bill Nelson debates Connie Mack for Senate seat.
Presidential debates have never been particularly fertile ground for nuanced policy debates.
Young debaters at the Bay Area Urban Debate League in Oakland, Calif, say that there are a lot of differences between the way that they debate the issues and what they see the presidential candidates doing on debate nights.
With the first presidential debate of 2012 and the vice presidential debate now behind us, who are the winners and losers.
Debate each other on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012, at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla. Bill Nelson debates Connie Mack for Senate seat.
Veteran PBS anchor and debate moderator Jim Lehrer asks a question during the presidential debate between nominees Sen John McCain, R-Ariz. And Sen Barack Obama, D-Ill.
If President Obama's first debate did nothing else, it sure lowered expectations for his performance in the second debate.

In science:

There seems to be certain debate over this relation however .
Gluon scattering in ${\cal N}=4$ Super Yang-Mills at finite temperature
The origin of the magnetic fields observed in some intermedia te mass and high mass main sequence stars is still a matter of vigorous debate.
Characterisation of the magnetic field of the Herbig Be star HD 200775
Its classification as an RCB star being debatable, we took a spectrum during the night JD-2454348.
R Coronae Borealis stars in the Galactic Bulge discovered by EROS-2
How the total outburst energy EΓ is related to the mechanical work associated with inflating this bubble, is a matter of debate and can be parameterized by an efficiency parameter η via EΓ = η pb,0Vb,0 .
Constraining the Nature of X-ray Cavities in Clusters and Galaxies
Our de finition of a purely random code is certainly debatable .
The Case for Structured Random Codes in Network Capacity Theorems