Definition of polemic in English:


Line breaks: po|lem¦ic
Pronunciation: /pəˈlɛmɪk



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  • another term for polemical.
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    • The other part is that these policies our present or future governments develop for mainly polemic purposes sometimes actually get implemented!
    • I really do think it's perfectly OK to expose one's passions and prejudices in unashamedly polemic writing on a blog.
    • Much of this, expressed in less polemic language, is accepted by many of the historians that Jenkins seeks to criticize.



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  • It'll be amusing, of course, when the wind changes and they're in opposition, and wishing they had a thriving community of tireless online polemicists taking down the Labor government whenever possible.
  • I think the polemics about the differences between the ‘old’ and ‘new perspectives’ on Paul are exaggerated by polemicists on both sides.
  • And since terrorism is explained merely as the result of hatred and envy, it encourages polemicists to engage in extravagant debates from which history and politics seem to have disappeared.


(also polemicise) verb
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  • It is a portrait of a unique situation that I never experienced, and it does not go out of its way to generalize or polemicize, though it has its strong opinions.
  • There are poems steeped in religious imagery, and poems that polemicise against belief in the supernatural.
  • Jackson's hybrid approach and heterogeneous materials, including brochures with song lyrics and lists of things you can't send abroad, polemicized the devices of installation art.


mid 17th century: via medieval Latin from Greek polemikos, from polemos 'war'.

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