What does the word controversialist mean?

Usage examples for controversialist

  1. As a teacher, he is in deadly earnest; as a controversialist, his first object is to refute and convince. – Latin Literature by J. W. Mackail
  2. Meanwhile, any one experienced in tract lore will feel certain that this outburst will be followed by the appearance of the " candid inquirer," who comes upon the boards at once, in obedience to the call, and addresses the eloquent controversialist with the stereotyped phrases. – Rome in 1860 by Edward Dicey
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