polemic adj : of or involving dispute or controversy [syn: polemical]
2 a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)
EtymologyFrom polemique < sc=polytonic < sc=polytonic
- Rhymes: -ɛmɪk
- In the context of "usually plural": The art or practice of aggressive debate, attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another
- Having the characteristics of a polemic.
- Finnish: poleeminen
- French: polemique
- German: polemisch
- Spanish: polémico
- Italian: polemico
Polemics () is the practice of disputing or controverting religious, philosophical, or political matters. As such, a polemic text on a topic is often written specifically to dispute or refute a position or theory that is widely viewed to be beyond reproach. The antonym of a polemic source is an apologia.
Polemic journalism was common in continental Europe when libel laws weren't stringent. The Research Support Libraries Programme "Pamphlet and polemic: pamphlets as a guide to the controversies of the 17th-19th centuries", co-managed by the University of St. Andrews, the University of Aberdeen, and University of Wales Lampeter, collected and placed thousands of pamphlets on-line as a study of polemic rhetoric of that era. There are other meanings of the word as well. Polemic is also a branch of theology, pertaining to the history or conduct of ecclesiastical controversy.
The word is derived from the Greek word polemikos (πολεμικως) which means "warlike", "hostile". Plato uses a character named Polemarchus in his dialogue Republic as a vehicle to drive forward an ethical debate.
polemic in Danish: Polemik
polemic in German: Polemik
polemic in Spanish: Polémica
polemic in French: Polémique
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polemic in Italian: Polemica
polemic in Dutch: Polemiek
polemic in Norwegian: Polemikk
polemic in Polish: Polemika
polemic in Portuguese: Polémica
polemic in Romanian: Polemică
polemic in Russian: Полемика
polemic in Slovak: Polemika
polemic in Finnish: Polemiikki
polemic in Swedish: Polemik
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