from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
- n. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
- adj. Of or relating to a controversy, argument, or refutation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.
- n. An argument or controversy.
- n. A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.
- adj. Having the characteristics of a polemic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative
- adj. Engaged in, or addicted to, polemics, or to controversy; disputations.
- n. One who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.
- n. A polemic argument or controversy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to controversy; controversial; disputative: as, a polemic essay or treatise; polemic divinity or theoIogy; polemic writers.
- n. A disputant; one who carries on a controversy; a controversialist; one who writes in support of an opinion or a system in opposition to another.
- n. A controversy; a controversial argument.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or involving dispute or controversy
- n. a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
- n. a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
French polémique, from Greek polemikos, hostile, from polemos, war.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French polémique, from Ancient Greek πολεμικός (polemikós, "of war"), from πόλεμος (pólemos, "war") (Wiktionary)