Definitions

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  • adj. of, or relating to argument or controversy; polemic or contentious
  • adj. aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious.
  • n. A diatribe or polemic

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Polemic; controversial; disputatious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to polemics or controversy; controversial; polemic: as, polemical logic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or involving dispute or controversy

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Examples

  • Lambeth council, which is consulting the public on the idea until September 10, admits the debate is "polemical" - with local residents and businesses in favour of a ban but cyclists opposed.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • It is convenient for many of the Europhiliacs to dismiss much of what Christopher Booker writes as polemical, that is when they are not in total denial mode.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Larry J. Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, called the polemical environment in Madison a "raging against the coming of the night" stemming from years of fiscal irresponsibility, and said the pain has just begun.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Hence his criticism at this period was, as he himself has styled it, "polemical" and

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866

  • "I think Mitchell wrote it with a kind of polemical purpose in mind, which was to warn against the dangers of the too-available divorce, and that theme didn't appeal to me," Mr.

    NYT > Home Page

  • In his private life he seemed to have been most lovable and estimable, although some of his writings, according to Julian, were "polemical" and "acrid in tone."

    CyberBrethren-A Lutheran Blog

  • Benedict's spokesman, the Rev Federico Lombardi, insisted the talks between the two leaders were not "polemical" and that the issues in the 2008 document were known to be of special interest to the church in America.

    WalesOnline - Home

  • Benedict's spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, insisted the talks between the two leaders were not "polemical" and that the issues in the 2008 document were known to be of special interest to the church in America.

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  • In Paris André Bazin and a legion of ciné-club people, brought a unique kind of polemical intellectual energy to film, nagged on the left by the lively Films in Review, a tiny magazine featuring lengthy filmmaker career summaries and many brief reviews. "

    GreenCine Daily

  • The magazine adds a warning: "the receptivity" to the "polemical" Iranian leader risks jeopardising Brazil's attempt to play a more important role in world politics, by giving legitimacy to a government which violates human rights and jails opposition politicians. "

    In Defence of Marxism

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