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  • adv. In a polemical manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a polemical manner; controversially; disputatively; in polemic discourse or argument; in the manner of polemics.

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

  • adv. involving controversy


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  • Truffaut used the term polemically to denigrate the then dominant mode of filmmaking that emphasized the adaptation of great works of literature to the screen.

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  • While Truffaut introduced the term polemically to support a new style of filmmaking, subsequent theorists have tended to ignore the context of his remarks.

    Philosophy of Film

  • Passing over the question of whether the rhetorical criticism of the 1970s and early 1980s amounted essentially to a sceptical inversion of the New Criticism's conception of faith as technique, let me briefly (and once again polemically) sketch out postmodernity's more pointed objections to the New Critics 'ideal of Literature as a secular Scripture whose prosodic and narrative balance were to defend its essentially "fallen" readers against the impingements of a dis/harmonious world.

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  • I don’t mean either of those terms polemically; sometimes their anti-conservative positions are the good part of their views, and sometimes they are a really rotten part of their views.

    Semantic quibbles #3: Conservatism

  • You understand that Adam's oncologist and anesthesiologist are deeply repressed—as the writer's doctors may well have been in real life—but they're written and played monotonously, almost polemically, to sell the point.

    '50/50': Cheerful Illness Tale, With Relapses

  • And as Malcolm Gladwell polemically argued in Outliers, his book about how some people become megastars, everyone who becomes a megastar has some.

    Vanessa Richmond: Willow Smith and America's Dirty Little Fame Secret

  • A final characteristic that makes an overview of Joseph Ratzinger's theology difficult is the fact that his theology is a dialogical theology through and through -- a theology that develops not only through a listening to what the sources have to say, but also through a critical conversation with other perspectives, a conversation that is not afraid to identify errors and sometimes to argue quite polemically.

    "Key Aspects of the Theology of Professor Joseph Ratzinger"

  • In one self-portrait, we see him in a younger incarnation, boldly, almost polemically revealing, under his broad hat, the bald pate that he has tastefully concealed in the Norton Simon image.

    A Tour de Force, Honest and Engaging

  • In their thoughtful and provocative essay, Allenby and Sarewitz make some nice observations eg, that computer-search tech represents "congealed cognition", speculate amusingly-but-seriously about "cyborg insects" and "telepathic helmets", and polemically overstate our general ignorance.

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  • The location of the Colosseum, built by the Flavian emperor Vespasian and his sons and successors Titus and Domitian between A.D. 70 and 80, was as polemically important as its size and shape.

    A Wonder From Any Angle


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