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polemicize

[puh-lem-uh-sahyz, poh-]
verb (used without object), po·lem·i·cized, po·lem·i·ciz·ing.
  1. to practice the art of disputation; to engage in polemics or controversy.
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Also especially British, po·lem·i·cise.

Origin of polemicize

First recorded in 1945–50; polemic + -ize
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Examples from the Web for polemicize

Historical Examples

  • They chose by preference to live them as best they could, rather than polemicize about them.

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Word Origin and History for polemicize

v.

1953, from polemic + -ize. Related: Polemicized; polemicizing. Earlier was polemize (1828), from Greek polemizein "to make war, to wage war."

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