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Monday, August 15, 2011

polemic

\puh-LEM-ik\ , noun;
1.
A controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.
2.
A person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
Quotes:
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
Origin:
Polemic is an adaptation of the Greek polemikos, meaning "war-like."
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