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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
The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006) wrote all sorts of things during her long career: novels, polemics, war dispatches, truth-dealing celebrity profiles.
The play, largely based on Kramer’s life, is a polemic against the politicians, physicians and activists whose various failings contributed to the spread of AIDS.
But Vanishing New York is a polemic, not an epiphany.
The controversy is part of a larger polemic that extends to last season, when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to raise awareness about racial inequality.
Pullman is too savvy to indulge in the kind of simplistic polemic that propels the celebrity of New Atheists like Richard Dawkins.
Amy Tuteur, a former OB, wrote Push Back, a polemic against natural parenting.
And contributing to the anti-war polemic seemed to me the only worthwhile reason for an American to be writing about Vietnam now.
The word is now ubiquitous, popping up in almost any socialist polemic against the Democratic Party or the center-left.
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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").
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