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po·lem·ic

 (pə-lĕm′ĭk)
n.
1. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
2. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
adj. also po·lem·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to a controversy, argument, or refutation.

[French polémique, from Greek polemikos, hostile, from polemos, war.]

po·lem′i·cal·ly adv.

polemical

(pəˈlɛmɪkəl) or

polemic

adj
(of a book, article, etc) of or involving dispute or controversy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.polemical - of or involving dispute or controversy
controversial - marked by or capable of arousing controversy; "the issue of the death penalty is highly controversial"; "Rushdie's controversial book"; "a controversial decision on affirmative action"

polemical

adjective controversial, cutting, biting, critical, acid, bitter, hostile, contentious, scathing, virulent, polemic, sardonic, caustic, venomous, vitriolic, acerbic, trenchant, argumentative, waspish, disputatious his biting polemical novel He's best when he's cool and direct, rather than abusive and polemical.

polemical

adjective
Translations

polemical

[pɒˈlemɪkəl] ADJpolémico

polemical

[pəˈlɛmɪkəl] adj [book, article] → polémique

polemical

adjpolemisch

polemical

[pəˈlɛmɪkl] adjpolemico/a
References in classic literature ?
What I saw in him -- as evidently as the indestructible ramparts of Old Ticonderoga, already cited as the most appropriate simile -- was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take to be of quite as genuine a stamp as what actuates any or all the polemical philanthropists of the age.
They had resided in a city, the seat of a university, where the polemical and political controversies of the time were pursued with uncommon fervor.
She reflected; and with her acute memory for the letter of Angel Clare's remarks, even when she did not comprehend their spirit, she recalled a merciless polemical syllogism that she had heard him use when, as it occasionally happened, he indulged in a species of thinking aloud with her at his side.
Whether he shall be put into the main road by constables, or by beadles, or by bell-ringing, or by force of figures, or by correct principles of taste, or by high church, or by low church, or by no church; whether he shall be set to splitting trusses of polemical straws with the crooked knife of his mind or whether he shall be put to stone-breaking instead.
This was done with the idea of complimenting him, but the doctor had held himself aloof from all the learned bodies--belonging, as he did, to the church militant and not to the church polemical.
This is a poetical epitome of some of the scathing criticism of scholars which appears in the first of the "Thoughts out of Season"--the polemical pamphlet (written in 1873) against David Strauss and his school.
And, while on serious topics, Miss Miggs considered it her duty to try her hand at the conversion of Miss Haredale; for whose improvement she launched into a polemical address of some length, in the course whereof, she likened herself unto a chosen missionary, and that young lady to a cannibal in darkness.
AGAINST THE GODS; THE POLEMICAL THEOLOGY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT is a pick for any scholarly Christian collection and provides a fine introduction to scriptural ideas of the Bible.
Conducting rhetorical analyses of polemical works of early modern France--including the humanist satires of Erasmus, Rabelais, and other figures alongside the "low" satires "of uncommon humor and violence"--Szabari (comparative literature, U.
As a further revision, David Gwyrm's contribution is to expose the historiographical pitfalls of the traditional binary opposition of Nicene and Arian theologies by examining the polemical construction of a political and theological party called "the Eusebians" by Athanasius.
Kess reveals a man whose revisionism in the service of Protestant identity formation included a polemical dimension against things Catholic that became typical of Protestant history writing, and mutatis mutandis, eventually of Catholic history writing as well.
In an introductory chapter, Shaffern reviews the polemical literature on both Catholic and Protestant sides of the post-sixteenth century histories, the enlightenment, and post-polemical literature, outlining the contributions and deficiencies of these accounts.