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polemics

[puh-lem-iks, poh-] /pəˈlɛm ɪks, poʊ-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the art or practice of disputation or controversy:
a master of polemics.
2.
the branch of theology dealing with the history or conduct of ecclesiastical disputation and controversy.
Compare irenics.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; see polemic, -ics

polemic

[puh-lem-ik, poh-] /pəˈlɛm ɪk, poʊ-/
noun
1.
a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
2.
a person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
adjective
3.
Also, polemical. of or relating to a polemic; controversial.
Origin
1630-40; < Greek polemikós of or for war, equivalent to pólem(os) war + -ikos -ic
Related forms
polemically, adverb
nonpolemic, noun, adjective
nonpolemical, adjective
nonpolemically, adverb
overpolemical, adjective
overpolemically, adverb
unpolemic, adjective
unpolemical, adjective
unpolemically, adverb
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  • They are choking themselves with history, and as always when history becomes the tool of polemics it exacerbates conflict.
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  • polemics go hand in hand with devising a more congenial, relativistically conceived, alternative.
  • Her blunt outspokenness risk smearing her image if she continues triggering polemics.
  • And there was a dangerous tendency in his polemics to emotional strain and visionary distraction.
British Dictionary definitions for polemics

polemics

/pəˈlɛmɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) the art or practice of dispute or argument, as in attacking or defending a doctrine or belief

polemic

/pəˈlɛmɪk/
adjective
1.
of or involving dispute or controversy
noun
2.
an argument or controversy, esp over a doctrine, belief, etc
3.
a person engaged in such an argument or controversy
Derived Forms
polemically, adverb
polemicist (pəˈlɛmɪsɪst), polemist (ˈpɒlɪmɪst) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin polemicus, from Greek polemikos relating to war, from polemos war
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Word Origin and History for polemics

polemic

n.

1630s, "controversial argument or discussion," from French polémique (16c./17c.), noun use of adjective meaning "disputatious, controversial" (see polemic (adj.)).

adj.

1640s, from French polémique (from Middle French polemique) "disputatious, controversial," or directly from Greek polemikos "of war, warlike, belligerent; skilled in war, fit for service; like an enemy, stirring up hostility," from polemos "war," of unknown origin. Related: Polemical (1630s).

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