Last wordism

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Last wordism is a tactic used in a debate or discussion, resorted to in the belief that victory can be obtained by having the "last word." A statement can be identified as last wordism if it adds no new substance to an argument; it is intended to achieve its effect through recency[1] rather than through relevance.

When last wordism is correctly identified, it often betrays the weaknesses of "less intellectually robust presentations."[2]

At best, last wordism is childish. At worst, it reflects a lack of restraint or bullying, a characteristic of wrongdoing or sin.


  1. "Recency" is the state of being "recent", as in "most recent."