Definition of pilpul
: critical analysis and hairsplitting : casuistic argumentation especially among Jewish scholars on talmudic subjects : rabbinical dialectic
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Origin and Etymology of pilpul
Aramaic & Hebrew pilpūl, from pilpēl to search, argue
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