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

  • n. The art or practice of argumentation or controversy.
  • n. The practice of theological controversy to refute errors of doctrine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The art or practice of making arguments or controversies
  • n. The refutation of errors in theological doctrine
  • n. Plural form of polemic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or practice of disputation or controversy, especially on religious subjects; that branch of theological science which pertains to the history or conduct of ecclesiastical controversy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art or practice of disputation; controversy; specifically, that branch of theology which is concerned with the history or conduct of ecclesiastical controversy: the word more particularly denotes offensive as distinguished from defensive controversy: opposed to irenics.

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

  • n. the branch of Christian theology devoted to the refutation of errors

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