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 of polemical from the Web
The Journal, using its characteristic polemical method, does not actually refute the offending factual claims.
There are polemical podcasters and partisan click farms; wild-eyed conspiracists and cynical fabulists.
Her polemical energies prompted the sort of hostility her husband largely escaped.
Certain stretches along St. Marks Place and Avenue A were plastered with messages spreading word of protests, drawing attention to causes or simply making polemical arguments.
This nakedly political show somehow manages to be free-spirited, rather than dull or polemical; its good intentions often border on goofy naiveté in a way that’s charming rather than grating.
Certainly, the anti-liberals, or, in Harari’s case, post-humanists, have much the better of the rhetorical energy and polemical brio.
A reader can’t help noting that anti-liberal polemics, today as in the lurid polemical pasts that Mishra revisits, always have more force and gusto than liberalism’s defenses have ever had.
The character who has become the Stephen Colbert of the internet—a polemical satirist turned commentator, with hundreds of thousands of online fans—was never meant to be overtly political.
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First Known Use of polemical
Synonymscontentious, controversial, disputatious, argumentative (also polemic), quarrelsome, scrappy
Antonymsnoncontroversial, safe, uncontroversial
Related Wordsaggressive, bellicose, belligerent, combative, gladiatorial, militant, pugnacious, truculent, warlike; feisty, fractious, surly; balky, contrary, ornery, perverse, restive, wayward; disobedient, froward, insubordinate, intractable, recalcitrant, refractory; hardheaded, headstrong, mulish, obdurate, obstinate, pigheaded, resistant, self-opinionated, self-willed, stubborn, unbending, uncompromising, uncooperative, unreasonable, unyielding, willful (or wilful); acidic, bearish, bilious, cantankerous, captious, choleric, crabby, cranky, cross, disagreeable, dyspeptic, fretful, grouchy, grumpy, huffy, ill-humored, ill-natured, ill-tempered, irascible, irritable, peevish, pettish, petulant, querulous, rude, snappish, snappy, splenetic, testy, touchy, waspish; battling, fighting, warring
Near Antonymsaffable, amiable, amicable, benevolent, cordial, easygoing, friendly, genial, good-natured, good-tempered, gracious, ingratiating, pleasant, sociable; acquiescent, agreeable, amenable, complaisant, compliant, complying, conciliatory, cooperative, obliging; docile, obedient, submissive, tractable; pacific, peaceable, peaceful
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