po·​lem·​i·​cize pə-ˈle-mə-ˌsīz How to pronounce polemicize (audio)
polemicized; polemicizing

intransitive verb

: to engage in controversy : deliver a polemic

Examples of polemicize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This sense of relinquishment — of setting aside reason to take up freedom — is what drives Phyllis and also works on her author in the middle of her late career: the freedom from having to polemicize and explain. Lauren Leblanc, Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of polemicize was in 1881

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“Polemicize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polemicize. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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