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synonyms for hairsplitting

  • bickering
  • carping
  • faultfinding
  • perfectionism
  • pettiness
  • sophistry
  • caviling
  • quibbling
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How to use hairsplitting in a sentence

Secondly, you must not think too little of it, by regarding the matter as mere scholastic word-mongery and useless hairsplitting.
THE POSITIVE OUTCOME OF PHILOSOPHYJOSEPH DIETZGEN
It was fine legal reasoning, not without some of that hairsplitting for which Jefferson reproached Randolph.
THOMAS JEFFERSONGILBERT CHINARD
But, to avoid hairsplitting, what we call "modern" English literature may be said to date from about 1885.
MODERN BRITISH POETRYVARIOUS
Hairsplitting terms like this I do not often employ, but, blessings on the head of Cadmus!
GAMES FOR THE PLAYGROUND, HOME, SCHOOL AND GYMNASIUMJESSIE H. BANCROFT
The mass of the party, he said, did not trouble their heads about theories, but plodded along unmindful of hairsplitting.
SOCIALISM AND DEMOCRACY IN EUROPESAMUEL P. ORTH
Of what practical use then, it may be asked, is all this hairsplitting?
SOME PRINCIPLES OF MARITIME STRATEGYJULIAN STAFFORD CORBETT
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