What does polemic mean?

Definitions for polemicpəˈlɛm ɪk, poʊ-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word polemic.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. polemicist, polemist, polemic(noun)

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

  2. polemic(adj)

    a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)

  3. polemic, polemical(adj)

    of or involving dispute or controversy


  1. polemic(Noun)

    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. polemic(Noun)

    An argument or controversy.

  3. polemic(Noun)

    A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.

  4. polemic(Adjective)

    Having the characteristics of a polemic.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polemic(adj)

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

  2. Polemic(adj)

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

  3. Polemic(noun)

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

  4. Polemic(noun)

    a polemic argument or controversy

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


  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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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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