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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
At first glance, her new book, Natural Causes, is a polemic against wellness culture and the institutions that sustain it.
Mining the historical relationship between King Edward II of England (1284-1327) and his courtier Piers Gaveston, the 90-minute opera doesn’t seize on the story for a polemic on behalf of gay love.
That bit of plotting might sound overly convenient, but Schrader, never pretending to be writing anything other than a polemic, gives it a terribly persuasive banality.
Besides, Bradbury’s Fahrenheit works better as a polemic than as a novel, with ideas stated clearly to the point of repetitiousness.
But why make these points in a novel and not, say, a tract, journalistic report, or polemic?
The play, like most of Ms. Thurber’s work, melds fiction and polemic with biography and autobiography.
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.
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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
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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