|1.||of or involving dispute or controversy|
|2.||an argument or controversy, esp over a doctrine, belief, etc|
|3.||a person engaged in such an argument or controversy|
|[C17: from Medieval Latin polemicus, from Greek polemikos relating to war, from polemos war]|
"The worst offense that can be committed by a polemic is to stigmatize those who hold a contrary opinion as bad and immoral men." [John Stuart Mill, 1806-73]Polemicize is recorded from 1953.