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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. t.) To engage in combat for; to strive for.

2. (v. t.) To contend for in words or arguments; to strive to maintain by reasoning; to dispute; to contest; to discuss; to argue for and against.

3. (v. i.) To engage in strife or combat; to fight.

4. (v. i.) To contend in words; to dispute; hence, to deliberate; to consider; to discuss or examine different arguments in the mind; -- often followed by on or upon.

5. (n.) A fight or fighting; contest; strife.

6. (v. t.) 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.

7. (v. t.) Subject of discussion.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

de-bat': This word is used only once in the Revised Version (British and American) (Proverbs 25:9). It evidently refers to the settling of a difficulty with a neighbor, and anticipates Matthew 18:15. It argues for and shows the advantage of private, peaceable settlement of difficulties. Compare Ecclesiasticus 28:9, and see MAKEBATES.

2214. zetesis -- a search, questioning
... Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: zetesis Phonetic Spelling:
(dzay'-tay-sis) Short Definition: a question, debate, controversy Definition: a ...
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2054. eris -- strife
... contention, debate, strife. Of uncertain affinity; a quarrel, ie (by implication)
wrangling -- contention, debate, strife, variance. (erides) -- 1 Occurrence. ...
// - 6k

1260. dialogizomai -- to consider
... consider. Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: dialogizomai Phonetic Spelling:
(dee-al-og-id'-zom-ahee) Short Definition: I reason, debate, consider Definition ...
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3859. paradiatribe -- wrangling, constant arguing
... Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: paradiatribe Phonetic Spelling:
(par-ad-ee-at-ree-bay') Short Definition: useless debate Definition: useless ...
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2213. zetema -- an inquiry
... question, issue. From zeteo; a search (properly concretely), ie (in words) a debate --
question. see GREEK zeteo. (zetemata) -- 2 Occurrences. ...
// - 7k

2051. erizo -- to wrangle, strive
... wrangle, strive. Cognate: 2051 -- to contend; to confront (engage) in heated
debate that results in discord (needless strife). This ...
// - 6k

1261. dialogismos -- a reasoning
... From dialogizomai; discussion, ie (internal) consideration (by implication, purpose),
or (external) debate -- dispute, doubtful(-ing), imagination, reasoning ...
// - 7k

1246. diakatelegchomai -- to confute completely
... way through" (literally "back-and-forth" until finished); (figuratively) demonstrating
an idea (thesis) is true by what opposes it, ie to in a debate by also ...
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Strong's Hebrew
7378. rib -- to strive, contend
... adversary, chide, complain, contend, debate, ever, lay wait, plead,. Or ruwb
{roob}; a primitive root; properly, to toss, ie Grapple ...
/hebrew/7378.htm - 6k

4683. matstsah -- strife, contention
... contention, debate, strife. From natsah; a quarrel -- contention, debate, strife.
see HEBREW natsah. 4682, 4683. matstsah. 4684 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/4683.htm - 6k


He Moves to Mt. Byrd. Debate with JW Fitch. Preaches at Madison ...
... CHAPTER XIV. He Moves to Mt. Byrd. Debate with JW Fitch. Preaches at Madison, Ind. ...
He Moves to Mt. Byrd. Debate with JW Fitch. Preaches at Madison, Ind. ...
/.../chapter xiv he moves to.htm

The Debate Therefore, Set up by the Deists, About Reason and Faith ...
... [Way-2-122] The debate therefore, set up by the Deists, about reason and
faith� The debate therefore, set up by the Deists, about ...
/.../law/the way to divine knowledge/way-2-122 the debate therefore set.htm

Debate on the Proposed Invasion of Greece.
these proceedings recorded the debate that ensued in the following manner. ...
// iii debate on the.htm

Nothing Can be More Right than Your Resolution not to Enter into ...
... [Way-1-110] Nothing can be more right than your resolution not to enter
into debate about the� Nothing can be more right than ...
/.../law/the way to divine knowledge/way-1-110 nothing can be more.htm

Begins Preaching at Beech Grove. Debates with Elder Hiner. Amusing ...
... Beginning January 20th, at a Methodist church near Beech Grove, I held a debate
with Elder Robert Hiner. The debate continued eight days. ...
/.../chapter xv begins preaching at.htm

Continues to Evangelize. Dr. Cook's Prescription. Incident at ...
... Establishes the Old Path Guide. The Bruner Debate. Continues to Evangelize. ... Closes
his Evangelistic Labors. Establishes the Old Path Guide. The Bruner Debate. ...
/.../chapter xvi continues to evangelize.htm

Now this one Great Point Consists of Two Essential Parts...
... labored volumes of infidelity, with which these last ages have swarmed, are at once
rendered useless, and cannot put so much as a little finger into this debate ...
/.../law/the way to divine knowledge/way-1-44 now this one great.htm

Letter Li. (AD 399 or 400. )
... I have heard it said that you are still willing to examine, in debate with me,
the question which separates us from communion with each other. ...
/.../augustine/the confessions and letters of st/letter li a d 399 or.htm

The Arian Heresy, Its Origin, Its Progress, and the Contention ...
... During the debate, Alexander seemed to incline first to one party and then to the
other [1110] ; finally, however, he declared himself in favor of those who ...
/.../the ecclesiastical history of sozomenus/chapter xv the arian heresy its.htm

Tennessee Justifying Her Procedure.
... Henkel, therefore, in a treatise appended to the Report of 1827, endeavored to show
the propriety and the Scriptural grounds for the public debate proposed to ...
/.../bente/american lutheranism/tennessee justifying her procedure.htm

Debate (13 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. DEBATE. ... Multi-Version Concordance Debate (13
Occurrences). John 6:52 This led to an angry debate among the Jews. ...
/d/debate.htm - 11k

Question (153 Occurrences)
... 2. (n.) Discussion; debate; hence, objection; dispute; doubt; as, the story
is true beyond question; he obeyed without question. ...
/q/question.htm - 37k

Elihu (11 Occurrences)
... When the debate between Job and his friends is brought to a close, Elihu for the
first time makes his appearance, and delivers his opinion on the points at ...
/e/elihu.htm - 15k

Debated (7 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (imp. & pp) of Debate. Multi-Version Concordance Debated
(7 Occurrences). Matthew 21:25 John's Baptism, whence was it? ...
/d/debated.htm - 8k

Dispute (37 Occurrences)
... 1. (vi) To contend in argument; to argue against something maintained, upheld, or
claimed, by another; to discuss; to reason; to debate; to altercate; to ...
/d/dispute.htm - 17k

Argue (21 Occurrences)
... 3. (vt) To debate or discuss; to treat by reasoning; as, the counsel argued
the cause before a full court; the cause was well argued. ...
/a/argue.htm - 12k

Songs (100 Occurrences)
... The question in debate among recent critics is whether the So was composed in
North Israel in preexilic days, or whether it is post-exilic. ...
/s/songs.htm - 62k

Jonah (30 Occurrences)
... It would be presumptuous to think that one could, in a brief article, speak the
final word on the questions in debate. I. Contents of the Book. ...
/j/jonah.htm - 35k

Song (207 Occurrences)
... The question in debate among recent critics is whether the So was composed in
North Israel in preexilic days, or whether it is post-exilic. ...
/s/song.htm - 78k

Job (60 Occurrences)
... The substance of the book is in a way dramatic; it cannot, however, be called so
truly a drama as a kind of forum of debate; its movement is too rigid for ...
/j/job.htm - 62k

Bible Concordance
Debate (13 Occurrences)

John 6:52 This led to an angry debate among the Jews. "How can this man," they argued, "give us his flesh to eat?"

John 7:12 Among the mass of the people there was much muttered debate about Him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so: he is imposing on the people."

Acts 6:9 But some members of the so-called 'Synagogue of the Freed-men,' together with some Cyrenaeans, Alexandrians, Cilicians and men from Roman Asia, were roused to encounter Stephen in debate.

Acts 15:2 Therefore when Paul and Barnabas had no small discord and discussion with them, they appointed Paul and Barnabas, and some others of them, to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders about this question.

Acts 15:7 When there had been much discussion, Peter rose up and said to them, "Brothers, you know that a good while ago God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the nations should hear the word of the Good News, and believe.

Acts 18:28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews, publicly showing by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.
(See NIV)

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Proverbs 13:10 A vain man through pride causeth debate, And with the counselled 'is' wisdom.

Proverbs 17:19 Whoso is loving transgression is loving debate, Whoso is making high his entrance is seeking destruction.

Proverbs 25:9 Debate your case with your neighbor, and don't betray the confidence of another;

Isaiah 27:8 In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

Isaiah 41:12 Thou seekest them, and findest them not, The men who debate with thee, They are as nothing, yea, as nothing, The men who war with thee.

Isaiah 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.



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