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  • adj. Obsolete form of eristic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as eristic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. given to disputation for its own sake and often employing specious arguments


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  • Ms. Coulter, aside from her undeniable talent for eristical travesty, has managed to make “prostitution” a synonym for “Constitution.”

    Think Progress » Ann Coulter to MoveOn: “How About Helping Out?”

  • Dialectic from Sophistic and Eristic, where the distinction is said to consist in this, that dialectical conclusions are true in their form and their contents, while sophistical and eristical conclusions are false.

    The Art of Controversy

  • Aristotle divides all conclusions into logical and dialectical, in the manner described, and then into eristical.

    The Art of Controversy

  • Some people have acquired this opinion as other paradoxical opinions have been acquired; when men cannot refute eristical arguments, they give in to the argument and agree that the conclusion is true.


  • Never yet have they entered the lists in an eristical encounter, but to their cost.

    Awful Disclosures Containing, Also, Many Incidents Never before Published

  • eristical’ discussions, be based on the confusion of the absolute with that which is not absolute but particular.



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