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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Definitions for polemic

  1. a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
  2. a person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
  3. of or relating to a polemic; controversial. Also, polemical.

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Citations for polemic
The second [book] is an angry polemic against the pervasive corruption of representative democracy wrought by economic inequality. Jonathan A Knee, "The New Gilded Age in Philanthropy," New York Times, May 1, 2017
An Orwellian polemic against mass-market journalism, of which one would expect the left-wing Lucas to approve, reveals a ‘righteous’ hatred. Terry Eagleton, "Reach-Me-Down Romantic," London Review of Books, Vol. 25, No. 25, June 19, 2003
Origin of polemic
Polemic comes from the Greek adjective polemikós, a derivative of the noun pólemos “war, battle” in the strict sense and not as in, say “war of words.” The adjective is also restricted to warfare. The current (and only) senses “controversial, controversialist,” first appear in Middle French in the late 16th century and in English as an adjective and noun in the early 17th century.