polemic[pō lem′ik, pə-]
- 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 of polemicFrench polémique ; from Classical 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
- 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 of polemicFrench polémique, from Greek polemikos, hostile, from polemos, war.
(comparative more polemic, superlative most polemic)
- Having the characteristics of a polemic.
From French polémique, from Ancient Greek πολεμικός (polemikós, “of war”), from πόλεμος (pólemos, “war”)