Definition of pilpulistic in US English:

pilpulistic

adjective

Judaism
  • Of, resembling, or designating subtle or keen rabbinical argumentation. In extended use: subtle, quibbling, pedantic.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in The North American Review. From pilpulist + -ic; compare -istic.

Pronunciation

pilpulistic

/ˌpɪlpʊˈlɪstɪk/