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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 pertaining to a polemic; controversial.
Origin
1630-1640
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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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 unpolemic
polemic
1638, "controversial argument or discussion," from Gk. polemikos "warlike, belligerent," from polemos "war." Meaning "one who writes in opposition to another" is attested from 1680.
"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.
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