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Monday, August 15, 2011

Definitions for polemic

  1. A controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
  2. A person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.

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Citations for polemic
I confess that Mr. Jacobs' polemic against the anthropologists leaves me as cold as does much of Mr. Lang's polemic against the nature mythologists. Joseph Jacobs, Alfred Trübner Nutt, Arthur Robinson Wright, Folklore: Volume 4
I would not myself refuse it, though I am at this moment engaged in composing a polemic against him. Arthur Schnitzler, Casanova's homecoming
Origin of polemic
Polemic is an adaptation of the Greek polemikos, meaning "war-like."