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Meaning of POLEMIC

Pronunciation:  pu'lemik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
  2. [adj]  of or involving dispute or controversy

POLEMIC is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: controversial, polemical
 See Also: arguing, argument, contention, contestation, controversy, disputation, tilt



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Po*lem"ic\, a. [Gr. ? warlike, fr.? war: cf. F.
    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. --South.
  2. \Po*lem"ic\, n.
    1. One who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or
       system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics;
       a controversialist; a disputant.
             The sarcasms and invectives of the young polemic.
    2. A polemic argument or controversy.
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