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.
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.
These are powerful, polemical words with which it is very hard, in our present circumstances, to disagree.
The results are mixed: too often the books, even those by major writers like Margaret Atwood, are polemical or affected.
The allusion is polemical to the vaunted progress of the Gnostic teachers.
It is the undue humility of some and the arrogance and polemical tendency of others that prevent good general conversation.Conversation|Mary Greer Conklin
Buchanan was the friend and adviser of Mary's enemies, and his references to her are polemical, not historical.Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587|Various
That is to say, their true metaphysical function is not dogmatic, but polemical.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'|Norman Kemp Smith
There are other lessons of abiding practical importance to be drawn from the polemical elements in St. John's Epistle.
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).