po·​lem·​i·​cal | \ pə-ˈle-mi-kəl How to pronounce polemical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly polemic \ pə-​ˈle-​mik How to pronounce polemical (audio) \

Definition of polemical

1 : of, relating to, or being a polemic : controversial
2 : engaged in or addicted to polemics : disputatious

Other Words from polemical

polemically \ pə-​ˈle-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce polemical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of polemical in a Sentence

during the Middle Ages even theologians could be surprisingly polemical in their writings an unnecessarily polemical look at the supposed incompatibility between science and religion
Recent Examples on the Web Maybe more muscular and polemical, rather than empathetic? Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2022 No matter how polemical their purposes, such works employ inventive, elegant designs that are ever more striking as their occasions recede in time. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 Many of them have not mastered the polemical ease with which to speak and convince. Los Angeles Times, 4 Apr. 2022 The first offerings run to the highly polemical, repeatedly hitting themes like the bankruptcy of liberalism, the corruption of warmongering foreign policy elites and the need for a moral framework to politics. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Only Stettheimer, of the feminist artists of her time, would have spoken up so ferociously for the polemical importance of pink tulle. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 But his astute argument would have been better served by a less-polemical tone. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2021 The hitherto polemical script by Adam Mervis, who also wrote the stage play the film is based on, becomes infinitely richer by embracing complexity as Katherine digs up information about LeMarcus’ past. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 10 Dec. 2021 The fact is, no great work of art can endure being drawn and quartered for a polemical purity ritual. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of polemical

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Polemical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polemical. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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