F dābȧ
plural -s
: a type of literary composition popular especially in medieval times in which two or more usually allegorical characters discuss or debate some subject compare tenson
: an extended discussion, debate, or philosophical argument between two characters in a work of literature

Word History


French, literally, debate, strife, altercation, from Old French debat

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“Débat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/d%C3%A9bat. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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