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Eristic means "argumentative as well as logically invalid." Someone prone to eristic arguments probably causes a fair amount of strife amongst his or her conversational partners. It's no surprise, then, that the word traces its ancestry back to the Greek word for "strife." Eristic and the variant eristical come from the Greek word eristikos, meaning "fond of wrangling," from erizein, "to wrangle," and ultimately from eris, which means "strife." The adjective appeared in print in English in 1637. It was followed approximately 20 years later by the noun eristic, which refers to either a person who is skilled at debates based on formal logic or to the art or practice of argument.
Variants of eristic
Origin and Etymology of eristic
Greek eristikos fond of wrangling, from erizein to wrangle, from eris strife
First Known Use: 1637
Definition of eristic
1 : a person devoted to logical disputation
2 : the art or practice of disputation and polemics
First Known Use of eristic
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