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Definition of "flyting" []

  • Contention, noisy argument. (noun)
  • Scolding, rebuke. (noun)
  • A poetic contest of insults or invective. (noun) : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "flyting" in a sentence
  • "The poem contains more than one "flyting" -- to use the Scottish term -- and the high war of words between Satan and Abdiel in heaven, or between Satan and Gabriel on earth, could not have been handled save by a master of all the weapons of verbal fence and all the devices of wounding invective."
  • "He cites lines from the "flyting" scene that contain examples of this metaphor and then argues that the poet is criticizing Unferth in the way he refers to the contents of Unferth's mind."
  • "Bussy's invectives against courtly practices (I, i, 84-104) and hypocrisy in high places (III, ii, 25-59), while the "flyting" between him and Monsieur is perhaps the choicest specimen of Elizabethan"
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