Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!


Sorry, no definitions found.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • Literary term for poetry that takes the form of a debate between two characters who stand as personifications of opposing principles. The most famous debate poem in English is the 13th-centry work The Owl and the Nightingale.

    September 22, 2009