Debate

De*bate"

, n. [F. dbat, fr. dbattre. See Debate, v. t.] 1. A fight or fighting; contest; strife. [Archaic]
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On the day of the Trinity next ensuing was a great debate . . . and in that murder there were slain . . . fourscore.
R. of Gloucester.
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But question fierce and proud reply
Gave signal soon of dire debate.
Sir W. Scott.
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2. Contention in words or arguments; discussion for the purpose of elucidating truth or influencing action; strife in argument; controversy; as, the debates in Parliament or in Congress.
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Heard, noted, answer'd, as in full debate.
Pope.
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3. Subject of discussion. [R.]
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Statutes and edicts concerning this debate.
Milton.
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