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polemic

[puh-lem-ik, poh-]
noun
  1. a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
  2. a person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
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adjective
  1. Also po·lem·i·cal. of or relating to a polemic; controversial.
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Origin of polemic

1630–40; < Greek polemikós of or for war, equivalent to pólem(os) war + -ikos -ic
Related formspo·lem·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·po·lem·ic, noun, adjectivenon·po·lem·i·cal, adjectivenon·po·lem·i·cal·ly, adverbo·ver·po·lem·i·cal, adjectiveo·ver·po·lem·i·cal·ly, adverbun·po·lem·ic, adjectiveun·po·lem·i·cal, adjectiveun·po·lem·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • On the nonpolemical side, the Bulgarian media discuss both Bulgaria's immediate social problems and issues that affect the world.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole


British Dictionary definitions for nonpolemical

polemic

adjective Also: po'lemical
  1. of or involving dispute or controversy
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noun
  1. an argument or controversy, esp over a doctrine, belief, etc
  2. a person engaged in such an argument or controversy
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Derived Formspolemically, adverbpolemicist (pəˈlɛmɪsɪst) or polemist (ˈpɒlɪmɪst), noun

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin polemicus, from Greek polemikos relating to war, from polemos war
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Word Origin and History for nonpolemical

polemic

n.

1630s, "controversial argument or discussion," from French polémique (16c./17c.), noun use of adjective meaning "disputatious, controversial" (see polemic (adj.)).

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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).

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