hairsplitting


hairsplitting
Synonyms and related words:
adverse criticism, animadversion, aspersion, bad notices, bad press, bickering, boggling, captious, captiousness, carping, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, chicane, chicanery, choplogic, contradistinction, critical, criticism, cynical, delicate, demarcation, differentiation, distinction, distinctiveness, distinguishment, division, dodging, equivocation, equivocatory, evasion, evasive, exception, faultfinding, fencing, finespun, flak, hairline, hedging, hit, home thrust, hostile criticism, hypercritical, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, hypersensitive, hypersensitivity, imputation, knock, logic-chopping, microscopic distinction, morbid sensibility, morbidly sensitive, nagging, nice, nice distinction, niggle, niggling, nit, nit-picking, nuance, obloquy, overconscientious, overconscientiousness, overcritical, overcriticalness, overfastidious, overfastidiousness, overmeticulous, overmeticulousness, overnice, overniceness, overnicety, overparticular, overparticularity, overprecise, overrefined, overrefinement, overscrupulous, overscrupulousness, oversensitive, oversensitivity, oversqueamish, oversqueamishness, paltering, parrying, pestering, pettifoggery, pettifogging, petty, picayune, prevarication, priggishness, pussyfooting, quibble, quibbling, rap, refined, reflection, reproachfulness, segregation, separation, shade of difference, shifting, shuffling, sidestepping, slam, stricture, subterfuge, subtle, subtle distinction, swipe, taking exception, tergiversation, trichoschistic, trichoschistism, trifling, trivial, ultracritical

Moby Thesaurus. . 1996.

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  • Hairsplitting — Hair split ting ( t[i^]ng), a. Making excessively fine or trivial distinctions in reasoning; overly subtle. n. The act or practice of making trivial distinctions. [1913 Webster] The ancient hairsplitting technicalities of special pleading.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hairsplitting — index particular (exacting) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hairsplitting — [n] nitpicking bickering, carping, caviling, faultfinding, perfectionism, pettiness, quibbling, sophistry; concepts 671,706 …   New thesaurus

  • hairsplitting — [her′split΄iŋ] adj., n. making overnice or petty distinctions; quibbling hairsplitter n …   English World dictionary

  • hairsplitting — hairsplitter, n. /hair split ing/, n. 1. the making of unnecessarily fine distinctions. adj. 2. characterized by such distinctions: the hairsplitting arguments of a political debate. [1820 30; HAIR + SPLITTING] Syn. 2. quibbling, niggling,… …   Universalium

  • hairsplitting — hair•split•ting [[t]ˈhɛərˌsplɪt ɪŋ[/t]] n. 1) cvb the making of unnecessarily fine distinctions 2) cvb characterized by such distinctions; quibbling: hairsplitting arguments[/ex] • Etymology: 1820–30 hair′split ter, n …   From formal English to slang

  • hairsplitting — I noun making too fine distinctions of little importance they didn t take his hairsplitting seriously • Syn: ↑word splitting • Hypernyms: ↑differentiation, ↑distinction II adjective …   Useful english dictionary

  • hairsplitting — adjective or noun see hairsplitter …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hairsplitting — noun The act of considering or arguing about fine details, or worrying about minutiae …   Wiktionary

  • hairsplitting — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. unimportant, minute, subtle; see trivial , irrelevant , unimportant . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. nitpicking, pettiness, quibbling, caviling, fault finding …   English dictionary for students