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polemic

po·lem·ic

polemic

 
pronunciation:
p le mihk [or] po le mihk
parts of speech:
noun, adjective
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an emphatic statement of a controversial viewpoint, usually criticizing or refuting an existing position.
The radical priest's polemic on contraception caused a furor.
definition 2: see polemics.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: of or pertaining to a dispute or to a chain of reasoning.
antonyms:
irenic
derivations: polemical (adj.), polemically (adv.)