Origin of polemic
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|Kevin Zawacki|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He scoffed as Abu Hassar began to roll into this Islamist polemic.
But mixed with that portion of truth is a larger portion of polemic and apologetic.
But neither is it a rigorous sociological study or a polemic or a jeremiad.Too Soon to Write: Choire Sicha’s ‘Very Recent History’|Stefan Beck|August 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Headlines in France on Wednesday said the pop singer "avoided a clash," "calmed the polemic," "gave up," or even "gave in."
In no school should the Bible be opened to reveal the sword of the polemic, but to unloose the dove of peace.Popular Education|Ira Mayhew
His attitude is prophylactic, rather than polemic, for the “philosophy” has not as yet taken deep root.
But he possessed other accomplishments beside those of the polemic.Western Characters|J. L. McConnel
It is not so much in the polemic or in the scholar we are interested, as in the man.Andrew Melville|William Morison
His passion for the relics of the saints appears in his polemic Contra Vigilantium.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
adjective Also: po'lemical
Word Origin 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).