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polemical

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adjective po·lem·i·cal \-mi-kəl\

Definition of polemical

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a polemic :  controversial

  2. 2 :  engaged in or addicted to polemics :  disputatious

po·lem·i·cal·ly play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of polemical

  1. <during the Middle Ages even theologians could be surprisingly polemical in their writings>

  2. <an unnecessarily polemical look at the supposed incompatibility between science and religion>



1640

First Known Use of polemical

1640

Variants of polemical

also po·lem·ic play \-mik\


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