Definitions for polemicpəˈlɛm ɪk, poʊ-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
po•lem•icpəˈlɛm ɪk, poʊ-(n.)
a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
a person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
(adj.)Also, po•lem′i•cal. of or pertaining to a polemic; controversial.
Origin of polemic:
1630–40; < Gk polemikós of or for war =pólem(os) war +-ikos -ic
polemicist, polemist, polemic(noun)
a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
of or involving dispute or controversy
A person who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.
An argument or controversy.
A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.
Having the characteristics of a polemic.
of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative; as, a polemic discourse or essay; polemic theology
engaged in, or addicted to, polemics, or to controversy; disputations; as, a polemic writer
one who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant
a polemic argument or controversy
A polemic is a contentious argument that is intended to establish the truth of a specific understanding and the falsity of the contrary position. Polemics are mostly seen in arguments about very controversial topics. The art or practice of such argumentation is called polemics. A person who often writes polemics, or who speaks polemically, is a polemicist or a polemic. The word is derived from the Greek πολεμικός, meaning "warlike, hostile", which comes from πόλεμος, "war".
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