Word of the Day Archive
Monday August 15, 2011
1. A controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
2. A person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
I confess that Mr. Jacobs' polemic against the anthropologists leaves me as cold as does much of Mr. Lang's polemic against the nature mythologists.
-- Joseph Jacobs, Alfred Trübner Nutt, Arthur Robinson Wright, Folklore: Volume 4
I would not myself refuse it, though I am at this moment engaged in composing a polemic against him.
-- Arthur Schnitzler, Casanova's homecoming
Polemic is an adaptation of the Greek polemikos, meaning "war-like."