An obscure cult with its own distinct language understood only by members. The members speak incredibly quickly and think even faster. They tend to also be motivated students and often exhibit a mild form of OCD.

Such debaters engage in conversation with each other on a much higher level than the average human, both in and out of round. The student government and honor roll within a school typically consist mostly of debaters. 80% of congress debated in high school.

Membership in the cult lasts from 9th grade through 12th grade and sometimes through college, but the mannerisms and knowledge gained from it manifest themselves in all aspects of the current or former debater's life for the better.

Policy debate kicks aff.
I spent all last weekend hitting people, cutting and spewing. We broke and all the judges picked me up, but this one lay judge dropped me. I also got top speaks. Now I'm going to do uniqueness updates for my disad, then cut some a2 perm cards on the counterplan and come up with a kritikal aff so I can win framework.

I finally mastered the pen flip!

A: Did you hear so-and-so got into all 7 ivy's?
B: Really? he must be a debater.

Policy debate is SHITS (Significance, Harms, Inherency, Topicality, Solvency)

If you understood all the above, you're a policy debater.
by alas poor yorick April 13, 2008
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Two-person team debate in which one team (the affirmative) generally proposes a policy which they advocate throughout the brave. The negative then argues against the affirmative case and plan on several levels - procedural, kritikal, and policy. Constructive speeches (2 per team) last 8 minutes and are punctuated by an additional 3-minute cross-examination period in which the opposing team asks questions to clarify and discredit the speaker's positions. Rebuttals (again, 2 per team) last 5 minutes and have no cross-examination period.

On the national circuit, and many other "champ" or "varsity" tournaments, delivery rate is extremely rapid, resulting in an atmosphere that emphasizes strategy and good argumentation over delivery and persuasion.
My parents used to get upset over the time I spent on policy debate - cutting cards, travelling to tournaments, and such.
by W Swanson June 6, 2006
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best f-ing thing ever. the 2005-2006 topic is: Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially
decrease its authority either to detain without charge or to search
without probable cause.

My favorite arg: Foucault, baby. Debaters are generally smarter than you, hotter than you, bigger than you, badder than you, and generally better than you in any way imagineable. especially policy debaters. Big shout out to all my TOC homies out there GOOD LUCK.
policy debate = hot shit.
by kritik_all_the_way May 1, 2005
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Absolute waste of life. Manfiestation of all that is the ivory-tower intellectual. It may be named policy debate, but the argumentation contributes nothing to any policy in the real world.
by guy who wasted 3500 bucks August 3, 2006
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The most legit thing in the world. A debate round consists of eight speeches, four by both team, that are split up into two kinds: constructive and rebuttal, with 3-minute cross examinations after all of the constructives. Looks really good for college applications.

The average debater is a beast, and can read and think at almost inhuman speeds. Most have ridiculous egos, and for good reason; it's hard to be humble when you are the best kind of nerd on the planet. Capable of typing extremely fast and crazy buff from carrying tubs of evidence everywhere. Favorite words: legit, sketchy, spread, sexy

It is a well-known fact that policy debate trumps LD debate in every way.
First guy: Dude! Did you watch that policy debate!? That kid was sooo legit!
Second guy: I know! That framework was the work of angels!
by TheAwesomazingness February 2, 2010
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The most legit debate. Not only is it extremly difficult to master, it is extremly expensive with tubs, expandos, copier paper, and a constant supply of caffeine. Don't forget the evidence (cards). Valley's number one specialty. one On the Debate Scale it is ranked number one.
"You can't Policy Debate even if all you had to do was read the cards!"
by Policy Novice February 22, 2005
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A school ordained activity in which you call someone a racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic asshole for trying to come up with a plan to make the world a better place.
Policy Debate is truly a hellhole for anyone who wishes to have a legitimate discussion about government actions and their consequences. You will be hit so quickly with Ks calling you a fascist pig that you won't have time to count all the "Feel the Bern" stickers on your judge's backpack and computer.
by xXSlim_ShadyXx July 9, 2017
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