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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
The result is a book that substitutes a giddy openness in place of the stark political polemics that characterize so many contemporary essays on gender and race.
The book, which harkens back to such films as Gaslight, is a polemic for the current cultural climate that questions female witnesses, doubling as a high-stakes cat-and-mouse caper and a fable about the fate of the woman witness.
This isn’t vindictive polemic but historical analysis.
Restoring the hegemony of the bourgeois culture will require the arbiters of culture, the academics, media, and Hollywood, to relinquish multicultural grievance polemics, and the preening pretense of defending the downtrodden.
Besides, polemics from both sides rarely address the complexities of the issue.
The play, largely based on Kramer’s life, is a polemic against the politicians, physicians and activists whose various failings contributed to the spread of AIDS.
The controversy is part of a larger polemic that extends to last season, when Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to raise awareness about racial inequality.
The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006) wrote all sorts of things during her long career: novels, polemics, war dispatches, truth-dealing celebrity profiles.
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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").
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