Debate etymology


English word debate comes from Latin dis- (expresses reversal) and Latin battuere (to fight) and reaches English via Old French debatre

Etymology of debate

Detailed word origin of debate

Dictionary entry Language Definition
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
battuere Latin (lat) Fight
desbattere Undetermined (und)
debatre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
debate English (en) (Frequently in French form débat) A type of literary composition, taking the form of a discussion or disputation, commonly found in the vernacular medieval poetry of many European countries, as well as in medieval Latin.. (obsolete) Strife, discord.. (uncountable) Discussion of opposing views.. An argument, or discussion, usually in an ordered or formal setting, often with more than two [...]

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