from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person skilled or involved in polemics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who writes polemics
  • n. A person who puts forward controversial views

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A polemic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One given to controversy; a polemic.

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

  • n. a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Ann Coulter reckons herself one.

    February 16, 2008