- 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
Related Wordsspat, eristic, belligerent, contrary, bicker, tiff, ruckus, scene, wrangle, hassle, go, face-off, debate, row, beef, rhubarb, scrap, fight, altercation, out
Examples from the Web for polemic
Grizzard said he knew early on that the study might be received as polemic.Playing Violent Video Games Makes You a Better Person, Study Says
July 4, 2014
He scoffed as Abu Hassar began to roll into this Islamist polemic.The Fourth War: My Lunch with a Jihadi
January 21, 2014
But mixed with that portion of truth is a larger portion of polemic and apologetic.My Pushback to Chris Hayes
September 27, 2013
But neither is it a rigorous sociological study or a polemic or a jeremiad.Too Soon to Write: Choire Sicha’s ‘Very Recent History’
August 8, 2013
Headlines in France on Wednesday said the pop singer "avoided a clash," "calmed the polemic," "gave up," or even "gave in."Madonna Caves in French Swastika Kerfuffle
August 22, 2012
It is in the dialogue form he often adopted for polemic writing.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
It is not so much in the polemic or in the scholar we are interested, as in the man.Andrew Melville
But he possessed other accomplishments beside those of the polemic.Western Characters
J. L. McConnel
My agnosticism was bitter in those days, bitter and polemic.A Tramp's Notebook
That is to say, hypotheses are admissible in polemic, but not in the sphere of dogmatism.The Critique of Pure Reason
- 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 polemic
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).