Polemic definition

pə-lĕmĭk
A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
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A person inclined to engage in argument or disputation.
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An argument or controversial discussion.
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A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
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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.

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Of or involving dispute; controversial.
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A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.
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Of or relating to a controversy, argument, or refutation.
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Argumentative; disputatious.
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A person who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.
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Having the characteristics of a polemic.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
polemic
Plural:
polemics

Origin of polemic

  • French polémique from Greek polemikos hostile from polemos war

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French polémique, from Ancient Greek πολεμικός (polemikós, “of war"), from πόλεμος (pólemos, “war")

    From Wiktionary