Definition of polemical in English:

polemical

adjective

  • Relating to or involving strongly critical, controversial, or disputatious writing or speech.

    ‘a polemical essay’
    • ‘Consequently, the students' writing is frequently polemical, abstract and coded.’
    • ‘While the novel is full of terse, vivid and polemical writing, the author neglects to create a fulfilling narrative.’
    • ‘My figures go up when I speak of tragedy or use a strong polemical tone.’
    • ‘Certainly, ideological and polemical magazines have been very important, but they tend to be short term.’
    • ‘To join in polemical games with such people is foolish.’
    • ‘Good bloggers tend to be acerbic, prolific, polemical, and good in short spurts.’
    • ‘But it is important to recognise at the outset that at least from time to time the book has a strongly polemical edge to it.’
    • ‘Is radical political speech always to be conceived as forceful and polemical?’
    • ‘And so what if the films they produce are more street-smart, more professional, less nakedly polemical?’
    • ‘There have been long periods of peace and relatively harmonious coexistence as well as sharp polemical exchanges and bitter conflict.’
    • ‘Of course one should appreciate polemical writing when it is appropriate and well done.’
    • ‘The polemical evolutionists are right about the truth of evolution.’
    • ‘These official reports were certainly propaganda in that they were bitterly polemical.’
    • ‘There is no reason why good polemical writing cannot be considered expository in the literal meanings of both words.’
    • ‘Let me unpack a bit, because I know this sounds polemical, since I am clearly stating a bottom line.’
    • ‘This theory, of course, has been a polemical subject among military strategists and students of international politics.’
    • ‘Your post has a touch of legitimacy to it, yet it also rings of polemical sarcasm.’
    • ‘Some of the writing may be a little polemical, but it covers a lot of ground with solid information.’
    • ‘Any factional battles, such as they were, were carried on more in the polemical articles of the critics.’
    • ‘As statement that would be ok if it were an op-ed or a polemical essay.’
    critical, hostile, bitter, polemic, virulent, vitriolic, venomous, waspish, corrosive, biting, caustic, trenchant, cutting, acerbic, sardonic, sarcastic, scathing, acid, sharp, keen, tart, pungent, stinging, astringent, incisive, devastating, piercing
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Pronunciation

polemical

/pəˈlemək(ə)l//pəˈlɛmək(ə)l/