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Examples of polemic in a Sentence
Her book is a fierce polemic against the inequalities in our society.
They managed to discuss the issues without resorting to polemics.
Recent Examples of polemic from the Web
In the run-up to the election on April 8th, Mr Orban has drowned out allegations of government corruption with polemics against immigration.
Composer-performers are back on the rise (see: Adès, Thomas) and the once-fierce polemics around myths of musical progress have, in most places, all but disappeared.
In between them, San Diego developer Douglas Manchester put his polemic editorial stamp on the paper.
Appropriately angry polemics would have been written denouncing the public menace of this Big Brother in the sky.
There is a calm about him that is a refreshing counter to the polemic and hyperbole that characterizes discussion of culture-war issues in this age of social media.
There may be cogent answers to this and related questions, but Mr. Buckley’s buoyant polemic doesn’t stop to consider them.
The result is a book that substitutes a giddy openness in place of the stark political polemics that characterize so many contemporary essays on gender and race.
The book, which harkens back to such films as Gaslight, is a polemic for the current cultural climate that questions female witnesses, doubling as a high-stakes cat-and-mouse caper and a fable about the fate of the woman witness.
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Did You Know?
When polemic was borrowed into English from French polemique in the mid-17th century, it referred (as it still can) to a type of hostile attack on someone's ideas. The word traces back to Greek polemikos, which means "warlike" or "hostile" and in turn comes from the Greek noun polemos, meaning "war." Other, considerably less common descendants of polemos in English include polemarch ("a chieftain or military commander in ancient Greece"), polemoscope (a kind of binoculars with an oblique mirror), and polemology ("the study of war").
Origin and Etymology of polemic
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POLEMIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of polemic for English Language Learners
: a strong written or spoken attack against someone else's opinions, beliefs, practices, etc.
polemics : the art or practice of using language to defend or harshly criticize something or someone
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