debater debater  /də ˈbeɪ tər/


  • (n) someone who engages in debate


  1. He has excelled as both a speaker and a debater.
  2. Foreign Relations, Judiciary, debater, speechifier.
  3. It played into the notion that he wasn't a very good debater and that McCain was at his best in town meetings--an argument with elements of truth but also a fair amount of mythology.


  • Debate analysis: Something slightly askew in first debate

    During their first turns before the camera at Wednesday night’s debate, both Gabriel Gomez and Ed Markey sported ties slightly but noticeably crooked. It would not be the last moment of the evening when things seemed slightly askew. Neither Gomez nor Markey demonstrated himself as a forceful, effective debater, in line with expectations for many who observed the Republican and Democratic primary ...
    on June 6, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

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