- a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
- a person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
- Also po·lem·i·cal. of or relating to a polemic; controversial.
Origin of polemic
Examples from the Web for polemical
For decades now, the discourse about Israel has been far too hysterical, far too polemical, far too zero-sum.Neither "Best Friend" Nor "Anti-Israel"
October 17, 2012
I think Philip's words provide an almost laboratory-pure example of just such a polemical tendency.The Overheated Case Against Romneycare
August 4, 2012
This would be the opposite of blind partisanship and polemical vitriol, but would still be a conflict, even a bitter one.The Illusory Promise of Apolitical Theology
June 2, 2012
These are powerful, polemical words with which it is very hard, in our present circumstances, to disagree.Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Controversial Call to Arms
May 22, 2010
The results are mixed: too often the books, even those by major writers like Margaret Atwood, are polemical or affected.The Power of Myths
February 26, 2010
But the primary purpose of this novel is artistic, not polemical.The Faith Doctor
He was learned, if polemical knowledge could entitle him to that praise.
All this is the personal, polemical, comic scope of the dialogue.
Even a polemical fame like that of a Philpotts must have had a beginning.Felix Holt, The Radical
It seems curious to me that the polemical trait is still so strong in you.Friedrich Nietzsche
- of or involving dispute or controversy
- an argument or controversy, esp over a doctrine, belief, etc
- a person engaged in such an argument or controversy
Word Origin and History for polemical
1630s, "controversial argument or discussion," from French polémique (16c./17c.), noun use of adjective meaning "disputatious, controversial" (see polemic (adj.)).
1640s, from French polémique (from Middle French polemique) "disputatious, controversial," or directly from Greek polemikos "of war, warlike, belligerent; skilled in war, fit for service; like an enemy, stirring up hostility," from polemos "war," of unknown origin. Related: Polemical (1630s).