[pol-uh-mist, puh-lem-ist, poh-]


a person who is engaged or versed in polemics.

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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Related Words for polemicist

defender, mediator, apologist, pleader, sophist

Examples from the Web for polemicist

Contemporary Examples of polemicist

  • A few weeks prior to our meeting, a gunman attempted to kill Lars Hedegaard, a well-known anti-Islam polemicist in Denmark.

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    The Repentant Radical

    Michael Moynihan

    September 17, 2013

  • The second point, also difficult to disprove, seems irrelevant to the job of polemicist.

  • It's an opportune moment for her to retire as a polemicist and start a third act in public life.

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    The Coulter Wars

    Conor Friedersdorf

    July 12, 2010

Historical Examples of polemicist

Word Origin and History for polemicist

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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