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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (2)

1. a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy;
[syn: disputant, controversialist, eristic]

2. the art of logical disputation (especially if specious);


ADJECTIVE (1)

1. given to disputation for its own sake and often employing specious arguments;
[syn: eristic, eristical]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Eristic \E*ris"tic\, Eristical \E*ris"tic*al\, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to strive, wrangle, ? strife.] Controversial. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] A specimen of admirable special pleading in the court of eristic logic. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

eristic adj 1: given to disputation for its own sake and often employing specious arguments [syn: eristic, eristical] n 1: a person who disputes; who is good at or enjoys controversy [syn: disputant, controversialist, eristic] 2: the art of logical disputation (especially if specious)