elen·​chus i-ˈleŋ-kəs How to pronounce elenchus (audio)
plural elenchi i-ˈleŋ-ˌkī How to pronounce elenchus (audio)
: refutation
especially : one in syllogistic form

Word History


Latin, from Greek elenchos

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of elenchus was in 1663

Dictionary Entries Near elenchus

Cite this Entry

“Elenchus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elenchus. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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