Definition of Polemic

1. Noun. A writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology).

Exact synonyms: Polemicist, Polemist
Generic synonyms: Author, Writer



2. Adjective. Of or involving dispute or controversy.
Exact synonyms: Polemical
Similar to: Controversial

3. Noun. A controversy (especially over a belief or dogma).

Definition of Polemic

1. a. Of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative; as, a polemic discourse or essay; polemic theology.

2. n. One who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.

Definition of Polemic

1. Noun. A person who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant. ¹

2. Noun. An argument or controversy. ¹

3. Noun. A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something. ¹

4. Adjective. Having the characteristics of a polemic. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Polemic

1. a controversial argument [n -S]

Medical Definition of Polemic

1. 1. Of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative; as, a polemic discourse or essay; polemic theology. 2. Engaged in, or addicted to, polemics, or to controversy; disputations; as, a polemic writer. Origin: Gr. Warlike, fr. War: cf. F. Polemique. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polemic

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Literary usage of Polemic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor (1901)
"The two classes are not to be sharply set over against each other; for polemic and didactic poetry usually contained much narrative, and the narrative ..."

2. The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor (1911)
"The two classes are not to be sharply set over against each other; for polemic and didactic poetry usually contained much narrative, and the narrative ..."

3. The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor (1901)
"The two classes are not to be sharply set over against each other; for polemic and didactic poetry usually contained much narrative, and the narrative ..."

4. The Classical Heritage of the Middle Ages by Henry Osborn Taylor (1901)
"The two classes are not to be sharply set over against each other; for polemic and didactic poetry usually contained much narrative, and the narrative ..."

5. Present Philosophical Tendencies: A Critical Survey of Naturalism, Idealism by Ralph Barton Perry (1912)
"REALISM has thus far appeared in these pages mainly as a polemic. ... the general errors of which it polemic finds rival tendencies to be guilty.1 'Argument ..."

6. The New Realism: Coöperative Studies in Philosophy by Edwin Bissell Holt (1912)
"The realistic polemic is therefore primarily a polemic against subjectivism; but the errors of which realism finds subjectivistic philosophies to be guilty, ..."

7. The New Realism: Coöperative Studies in Philosophy by Edwin Bissell Holt, Walter Taylor Marvin, William Pepperell Montague, Ralph Barton Perry, Walter B. Pitkin, Edward Gleason Spaulding (1912)
"The realistic polemic is therefore primarily a polemic against subjectivism; but the errors of which realism finds subjectivistic philosophies to be guilty, ..."

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