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pəˈlɛm ɪk, poʊ-polemic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. polemicist, polemist, polemicnoun

    a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)

  2. polemicadjective

    a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)

  3. polemic, polemicaladjective

    of or involving dispute or controversy

Wiktionary

  1. polemicnoun

    A person who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.

  2. polemicnoun

    An argument or controversy.

  3. polemicnoun

    A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.

  4. polemicadjective

    Having the characteristics of a polemic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polemicadjective

    of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative; as, a polemic discourse or essay; polemic theology

    Etymology: [Gr. warlike, fr. war: cf. F. polmique.]

  2. Polemicadjective

    engaged in, or addicted to, polemics, or to controversy; disputations; as, a polemic writer

    Etymology: [Gr. warlike, fr. war: cf. F. polmique.]

  3. Polemicnoun

    one who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant

    Etymology: [Gr. warlike, fr. war: cf. F. polmique.]

  4. Polemicnoun

    a polemic argument or controversy

    Etymology: [Gr. warlike, fr. war: cf. F. polmique.]

Freebase

  1. Polemic

    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".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Polemic

    -al, po-lem′ik, -al, adj. given to disputing: controversial.—n. one who disputes: one who speaks or writes in opposition to another: a controversy.—adv. Polem′ically.—n.sing. Polem′ics, contest or controversy: (theol.) the history of ecclesiastical controversy.—n. Pol′emoscope, a perspective glass so constructed as to give views of objects not lying directly before the eye. [Gr. polemos, war.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of polemic in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of polemic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of polemic in a Sentence

  1. Ivan Brehm:

    Michelin should, in my opinion, stay clear from the coffee shop and hawker stall culture, these run deep in the makeup of Singaporean society and any unnecessary polemic could undermine the guide's overall relevance.

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