- Polemic is a controversy, debate or dispute, or a person who is inclined to argue.
- A written attack on a political decision is an example of a polemic.
- A person who argues about science or religion or about how science and religion intersect is an example of a polemic.
- of or involving dispute; controversial
- argumentative; disputatious
Origin: Fr polémique from Glassical Greek polemikos from polemos, war from Indo-European an unverified form pelem from base an unverified form pel-, to shake, cause to tremble from source Classical Latin palpitare, to tremble
- an argument or controversial discussion
- a person inclined to engage in argument or disputation
- polemically adverb
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- A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
- A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
Origin: French polémique, from Greek polemikos, hostile, from polemos, war.
- po·lemˈi·cal·ly adverb