polemical
also polemic adjective Date: 1640 1. of, relating to, or being a polemic ; controversial 2. engaged in or addicted to polemics ; disputatiouspolemically adverb

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  • Polemical — Po*lem ic*al, a. Polemic; controversial; disputatious. {Po*lem ic*al*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] Polemical and impertinent disputations. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • polemical — index argumentative, contentious, controversial, dissenting, forensic, litigious, polemic Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C …   Law dictionary

  • polemical — UK [pəˈlemɪk(ə)l] / US or polemic UK [pəˈlemɪk] / US adjective formal using or supported by strong arguments • See: polemic II …   English dictionary

  • polemical — [[t]pəle̱mɪk(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Polemical means arguing very strongly for or against a belief or opinion. Daniels is at his best when he s cool and direct, rather than combative and polemical. ...Kramer s biting polemical novel …   English dictionary

  • polemical — polemic, polemical Polemic is a noun meaning ‘a controversial discussion’ or ‘a verbal or written political attack’; the corresponding noun is either polemic or (more usually) polemical …   Modern English usage

  • polemical — po|lem|i|cal [pəˈlemıkəl] adj also polemic formal using strong arguments to criticize or defend a particular idea, opinion, or person ▪ The reforms were attacked in a highly polemical piece in the New Yorker . >polemically [ kli] adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • polemical — also polemic adjective formal or technical using strong arguments to criticize or defend a particular idea, opinion, or person: The health reforms were attacked in a highly polemical piece in the New Yorker . polemically / kli/ adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • polemical — 1. adjective a) of, or relating to argument or controversy; polemic or contentious b) aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious. Syn: polemic, controversial …   Wiktionary

  • polemical — Synonyms and related words: aggressive, argumental, argumentative, bellicose, belligerent, bickering, cat and dog, cat and doggish, combative, contentious, controversial, dialectic, disputatious, divisive, eristic, factional, factious, ill… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • polemical — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Given to arguing: argumentative, combative, contentious, disputatious, eristic, litigious, polemic, quarrelsome, scrappy. See CONFLICT …   English dictionary for students

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