There is my defence on Terminus, or better say on hair-splitting.
It is a danger to which ingenious and hair-splitting writers are liable.
This is not hair-splitting in the opprobrious sense of that term.
I know your hair-splitting habit; I at once anticipate your reply.
But he disliked the corrupt method of his countrymen, who indulged in hair-splitting, casuistry, and subtleties.