What does the word polemic mean?

Usage examples for polemic

  1. 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 by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  2. 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 by Antonio Labriola