debate etymology

English word debate comes from Latin dis- (expresses reversal) and Latin battuere (to fight) and reaches English via Old French debatre

Detailed word origin of debate

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
dis- Latin (lat) Asunder, apart, in two. Reversal, removal. Utterly, exceedingly.
battuere Latin (lat) Fight
desbattere Undetermined (und)
debatre Old French (842-ca. 1400) (fro)
debate English (eng) (Frequently in French form débat) A type of literary composition, taking the form of a discussion or disputation, commonly found in the vernacular medieval poetry of many European countries, as well as in medieval Latin.. (obsolete) Strife, discord.. (uncountable) Discussion of opposing views.. An argument, or discussion, usually in an ordered or formal setting, often with more than two [...]

Words with the same origin as debate

Descendants of dis-
address defeat delay dessert difference different difficult dinner direct direction director disagree disappear discipline discover discuss disguise display distance distant district dress dressed dressing
Descendants of battuere
bat batman bats battalion batter battery combat