ויכוח

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EtymologyEdit

Action noun of the verb ויכח ‎(vikákh), from the root ו־כ־ח ‎(v-k-kh).

NounEdit

ויכוח \ וִכּוּחַ ‎(vikúakhm ‎(plural indefinite ויכוחים \ וִכּוּחִים, singular construct ויכוח \ וִכּוּחַ־, plural construct ויכוחי \ וִכּוּחֵי־)

  1. An argument, a verbal dispute, a quarrel: an exchange of words between parties who disagree about something.
    אין ויכוח כי []éin vikúakh kí [] — There is no dispute that [] or No one disputes that []
  2. (וִכּוּחַ־, vikúakh-) Singular construct form of ויכוח \ וִכּוּחַ‎.

Usage notesEdit

  • In current usage, the noun ויכוח ‎(vikúakh) is much more common than the verb ויכח ‎(vikákh) from which it derives. The more common verb is התווכח ‎(hitvakéakh); indeed, etymological considerations aside, ויכוח ‎(vikúakh) may perhaps be thought of as an action noun for the latter. (A regularly formed action noun התווכחות ‎(hitvak'khút) does exist, but is much less common.)
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