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
Laura Ingraham’s latest book, Billionaire at the Barricades, offers a polemical history of American politics over the past 30 years.
Blog posts are short, topical, and often polemical in a narrow way.
Somewhere in the middle is The Oxford American, the venerable literary journal, less overtly polemical than Scalawag, but more apt to tackle the hard questions than Garden
Her personal odyssey is more stirring than any polemical manifesto could be.
So says Aby Rosen, New York real estate developer and author of the new polemical chapter in the story of one of the country’s most hallowed dining establishments.
To the Editor: The unnecessarily polemical attacks by Frederick Crews on Sigmund Freud’s career and scientific reputation remain puzzling for one significant reason.
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.
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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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