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polemic (puh-LEM-ik, poh-) noun
1. A controversial argument.
2. A person who engages in arguments or controversy; a controversialist.
adjective, also polemical
Of or pertaining to a controversy or argument.
[From Greek polemikós, from pólemos (war). A related word is polemology (the science and study of human conflict and war).]
"However, there is unfortunately a degree of `the sky is falling' to this
book. This tractate is clearly a polemic and a call for action."
"In 1929, Virginia Woolf delivered a passionate polemic about the odds
facing a woman born with a great gift for writing."
This week's theme: words with origins in war.
You are never too old to be what you might have been. -George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans), novelist (1819-1880)