Definition of polemic in English:
1A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something: his polemic against the cultural relativism of the Sixties [mass noun]: a writer of feminist polemic
More example sentences
- Its underlying message warns against falsehood and its consequences, although it does not ostensibly function as a polemic against homophobia.
- And yet, the song is not just a polemic against those who are in power.
- The latter may be because I'd always prefer to read a punchy polemic against ideas I hold than a dull defence or clunky statement of them.
diatribe, invective, denunciation, denouncement, rant, tirade, broadside, attack, harangue, verbal onslaught;
condemnation, brickbats, criticism, admonishment, admonition, abuse, stream of abuse, stricture, tongue-lashing, castigation, reprimand, rebuke, reproof, reproval, upbraiding
informal knocking, blast
British informal slating
argumentation, argument, debate, contention, dispute, disputation, discussion, controversy, altercation, faction, wrangling
1.1 (usually polemics) The practice of engaging in controversial debate or dispute: the history of science has become embroiled in religious polemics
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- As the rest of the world marched towards scientific orientation and professionalism, India wallowed in a whirlpool of politics, polemics and puerile prejudices.
- His work thus has the tendency to reproduce the elisions of the religious and political polemics of the sixteenth century while seeking to explain them.
- This led to renewed polemics, although in practice the great majority of students continued to be taught the Catholic religion in the schools.
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another term for polemical.
- 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.
- polemicize (also polemicise) verb
- Example sentences
- 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'.
Words that rhyme with polemicacademic, alchemic, endemic, epidemic, pandemic, totemic
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