noun Etymology: French polémique, from Middle French, from polemique controversial, from Greek polemikos warlike, hostile, from polemos war; perhaps akin to Greek pelemizein to shake, Old English ealfelo baleful Date: 1638 1. a. an aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another b. the art or practice of disputation or controversy — usually used in plural but sing. or plural in constr. 2. an aggressive controversialist ; disputantpolemicist noun

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  • Polemic — Po*lem ic, a. [Gr. ? warlike, fr.? war: cf. F. pol[ e]mique.] 1. Of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative; as, a polemic discourse or essay; polemic theology. [1913 Webster] 2. Engaged in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Polemic — Po*lem ic, n. 1. One who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant. [1913 Webster] The sarcasms and invectives of the young polemic. Macaulay. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • polemic — ► NOUN 1) a strong verbal or written attack. 2) (also polemics) the practice of engaging in controversial debate. ► ADJECTIVE (also polemical) ▪ of or involving disputatious or controversial debate. DERIVATIVES polemicist noun …   English terms dictionary

  • polemic — [pō lem′ik, pəlem′ik] adj. [Fr polémique < Gr polemikos < polemos, war < IE * pelem < base * pel , to shake, cause to tremble > L palpitare, to tremble] 1. of or involving dispute; controversial 2. argumentative; disputatious: Also …   English World dictionary

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