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polemist

[pol-uh-mist, puh-lem-ist, poh-]
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noun
  1. a person who is engaged or versed in polemics.
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Also po·lem·i·cist [puh-lem-uh-sist, poh-] /pəˈlɛm ə sɪst, poʊ-/.

Origin of polemist

1815–25; < Greek polemistḗs warrior, equivalent to pólem(os) war + -istēs -ist
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Word Origin and History for polemicist

n.

1859, American English formation parallel to polemist (1825), from Greek polemistes "a warrior," from polemizein "to wage war, to make war."

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