American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The art or practice of argumentation or controversy.
- n. The practice of theological controversy to refute errors of doctrine.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art or practice of disputation; controversy; specifically, that branch of theology which is concerned with the history or conduct of ecclesiastical controversy: the word more particularly denotes offensive as distinguished from defensive controversy: opposed to irenics.
- n. The art or practice of making arguments or controversies
- n. The refutation of errors in theological doctrine
- n. Plural form of polemic.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The art or practice of disputation or controversy, especially on religious subjects; that branch of theological science which pertains to the history or conduct of ecclesiastical controversy.
- n. the branch of Christian theology devoted to the refutation of errors
“To use “The Innocents Abroad” in polemics is thus a bit weird.”
“What distinguished certain polemics from the purely theological discussions of the period (Abelard, Peter Lombard, Peter the Chanter, Robert of Courson, Guido de Orchellis) was the occasional explicit acknowledgment of real anxiety over the potential death of the child.”
“The Webkit team, as a rhizomatic offshoot from Apple, has a similar development pedigree and has consistently produced a high quality — now cross-platform — open source project, nary engaging in polemics or politics.”
“A constant refrain of anti-war polemics is that Messrs. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et al. had no “plan” for Iraq.”
“The empirical argument over whether there is a culture war is often lost in polemics about which side one should take — assuming, of course, that there is a war.”
“What I find kind of funny about your polemics is that your tribalism is misaligned.”
“Similarly, when preparing the edition of 1846, while Disraeli cut the polemics from the Preface, he still left intact most of the notes, and even permitted Alroy to be reissued at the same time that he published the political”
“[...] from Apple, has a similar development pedigree and has consistently produced a high quality — now cross-platform — open source project, nary engaging in polemics or politics.”
“Lost in the sophistry and the polemics is a focus on a rational roadmap forward.”
“The result of his polemics was the sharp setting forth of the relation existing between Judaism and”
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