from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
- n. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
- adj. Of or relating to a controversy, argument, or refutation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.
- n. An argument or controversy.
- n. A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.
- adj. Having the characteristics of a polemic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative
- adj. Engaged in, or addicted to, polemics, or to controversy; disputations.
- n. One who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.
- n. A polemic argument or controversy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to controversy; controversial; disputative: as, a polemic essay or treatise; polemic divinity or theoIogy; polemic writers.
- n. A disputant; one who carries on a controversy; a controversialist; one who writes in support of an opinion or a system in opposition to another.
- n. A controversy; a controversial argument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or involving dispute or controversy
- n. a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
- n. a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
Sure, you can try to be anal and disagree with my use of the term polemic, and go on and on about how you don't like someone who also used that definition to present a pretty sound model, but it's just lazy.
Not sure I want to trust an anti-industry polemic from a probable lefty, with a history of twisting truth (see the full Aftershocks review) as reliable fact.
Perhaps the entire polemic is much ado about nothing?
Federal Farmer says: zuch: A polemic is hardly a “formal” document.
That having been said, my justification for setting aside a message novel or a polemic is that I hate being preached at.
"Papist," but as far as I can tell, Pise is wrong: "Romanist" appears to be a familiar term of opprobrium in English polemic by the late seventeenth century.
I couldn't tell because of the handle reference to Edmund Burke, whose anti-French Revolution and pro-American revolution polemic is often a heroic and mythological epic to conservatives.
[Sidenote: Methods of argument] Even when he argued against an opinion he called his polemic a "Conversation" -- for that is the true meaning of the word Diatribe.
If Thomas were not a Justice, his book would be called a polemic, or a screed.
Louis Menand has entitled his polemic, "Fractured Franchise: Are the Wrong People Voting?"