Part of speech: noun

A disputant.

Part of speech: adjective

Pertaining to controversy; disputatious. Polemical.

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Usage examples "polemic":

  1. Eloisa, I suspect, however, would have proved but a very indifferent polemic; she seems to have had a certain delicacy in her manners which rather belongs to the fine lady. - "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)", Isaac D'Israeli.
  2. It is in the dialogue form he often adopted for polemic writing. - "Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009.
  3. The ideology of natural law, which finally took the name of philosophy of law, was, on the contrary, systematic, it started always from general formulae, it was aggressive and polemic, and still more, it was at war with orthodoxy, with intolerance, with privilege, with constituted bodies; in fine, it fought for the liberties which to- day constitute the formal conditions of modern society. - "Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History", Antonio Labriola.