Definition of Hairsplitters

1. Noun. (plural of hairsplitter) ¹



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Definition of Hairsplitters

1. hairsplitter [n] - See also: hairsplitter

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hairsplitters

hairpin bend
hairpin curve
hairpin loop
hairpin loops
hairpin turn
hairpins
hairpulling
hairraising
hairs
hairsbreadth
hairsbreadths
hairshirt
hairshirts
hairslide
hairsplitter
hairsplitters (current term)
hairsplitting
hairsplittings
hairspray
hairsprays
hairspring
hairsprings
hairst
hairsted
hairsting
hairstone
hairstreak
hairstreaks
hairsts

Literary usage of Hairsplitters

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1. Journal of Botany, British and Foreign (1867)
"... of such forms as are observed to pass into each other during our present period of experience, I hope to avoid the views of the so-called hairsplitters. ..."

2. Sketches of Soviet Russia: Whole Cloth and Patches by John Cushing Varney (1920)
"So men have been declared right or wrong according to the decrees of the greatest hairsplitters. This is typical of the old religion as it is of the old ..."

3. Sketches of Soviet Russia: Whole Cloth and Patches by John Cushing Varney (1920)
"So men have been declared right or wrong according to the decrees of the greatest hairsplitters. This is typical of the old religion as it is of the old ..."

4. Divine Providence by Emanuel Swedenborg (2003)
"... them as an example because Jesus condemned them as intellectually dishonest hairsplitters who observed the law in letter but not in spirit. [GRJ] 198. ..."

5. The Journal of Jurisprudence and Scottish Law Magazine (1889)
"The Supreme Court of Indiana has decided that shaving on Sunday is unnecessary or is not a necessity — hairsplitters may distinguish between the two phrases ..."

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