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.
- po·lem·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·po·lem·ic, noun, adjective
- non·po·lem·i·cal, adjective
- non·po·lem·i·cal·ly, adverb
- o·ver·po·lem·i·cal, adjective
- o·ver·po·lem·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·po·lem·ic, adjective
- un·po·lem·i·cal, adjective
- un·po·lem·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use polemic in a sentence
In the same way, that museum exhibition was a big polemical attack on Pim Fortuyn mislabeled as a study of the fall of Rome.
The more polemical the exchange, the more bluntly this point will be advanced.
For decades now, the discourse about Israel has been far too hysterical, far too polemical, far too zero-sum.
I think Philip's words provide an almost laboratory-pure example of just such a polemical tendency.
This would be the opposite of blind partisanship and polemical vitriol, but would still be a conflict, even a bitter one.
Is there any Church in Christendom with such a polemical history or at the present moment so hopelessly and bitterly schismatic?
He wrote hurriedly, with a polemical object in view, and paid no attention to style.The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first | Count Carlo Gozzi
His logic was studied with the sole view of learning to use polemical weapons.Beacon Lights of History, Volume V | John Lord
Saadiah's polemical works have always a positive as well as a negative value.Chapters on Jewish Literature | Israel Abrahams
He describes this vigorous polemical treatise as "flung like a bombshell among my opponents."
British Dictionary definitions for polemic
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
- polemically, adverb
- polemicist (pəˈlɛmɪsɪst) or polemist (ˈpɒlɪmɪst), noun
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