Definition of polemic noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈlemɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈlemɪk//
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  1. 1[countable] a speech or a piece of writing that argues very strongly for or against something/somebody
  2. 2[uncountable] (also polemics [plural]) the practice or skill of arguing strongly for or against something/somebody Her speech was memorable for its polemic rather than its substance.
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: via medieval Latin from Greek polemikos, from polemos ‘war’.
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