Definition of dialectician in US English:



  • A person skilled in philosophical debate.

    • ‘He was an acute dialectician and pre-eminent among his contemporaries in the range of his learning; he was a competent mathematician; he was even a poet.’
    • ‘The dialectician replaces hypotheses with secure knowledge, and his aim is to ground all science, all knowledge, on some ‘unhypothetical first principle’.’
    • ‘Heraclitus was a dialectician, while Zeno was a metaphysical relativist.’
    • ‘The aim of the seminar giver, he argues, is to be witty, clever, and entertaining; the performer must also be a skilled dialectician who relishes the cut and thrust of debate.’
    • ‘Laconically, Brecht observed that ‘war, the great dialectician, puts every organ to the test.’’


Mid 16th century: from French dialecticien, from Latin dialecticus, based on Greek dialegesthai ‘converse with’.