Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A dispute about words.
  • noun A dispute carried on in words only; a battle of words.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Contention in words merely, or a contention about words; a war of words.
  • noun A game played with cards each bearing one letter, with which words are formed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Contention in words merely, or a contention about words; a war of words.
  • noun A game of word making.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Dispute over the meaning of words
  • noun A conflict waged only as a battle of words

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

  • noun argument about words or the meaning of words

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek logomakhiā, from logomakhein, to fight about words : logo-, logo- + makhē, battle.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

logo- + -machy

Examples

  • Jose Fierro, spelled 13 words correctly before missing "logomachy," which means a dispute over words.

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  • A few distinctions might be helping, to avoid "logomachy" (thanks for that) and just simply talking past each other.

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  • To those that protested, and they were many, he said: This is no time for logomachy.

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  • Their logomachy was far more stimulating to his intellect than the reserved and quiet dogmatism of Mr. Morse.

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  • Saxon, on the contrary, delighted in the logomachy, though little enough she understood of it, following mainly by feeling, and once in a while catching a high light.

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  • The Internet, whose discussion forums breed even more logomachy than they allow, can darken the vision and mood of almost anybody who spends much time on it.

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  • The Internet, whose discussion forums breed even more logomachy than they allow, can darken the vision and mood of almost anybody who spends much time on it.

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  • That is all a mere abuse of words, mere logomachy and ambiguity.

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  • In order to confirm and establish this union, it is accompanied by a religious ceremony, regarded by some as a sacrament, and by others as a portion of public worship; a genuine logomachy, which changes nothing in the thing.

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  • Given as much, I agree with the late historian of doctrine Jaroslav Pelikan that there's a special place in hell reserved for people who keep such logomachy alive, and I don't want to contribute to it here.

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  • A dispute over or about words; controversy marked by verbiage.

    May 12, 2008