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Polemic


POLEM'IC

POLEM'ICAL, adjective [Gr. war.]

1. Controversial; disputative; intended to maintain an opinion or system in opposition to others; as a polemic treatise, discourse, essay or book; polemic divinity.

2. Engaged in supporting an opinion or system by controversy; as a polemic writer.

POLEM'IC, noun A disputant; a controvertist; one who writes in support of an opinion or system in opposition to another.