Definition of polemical in US English:



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

    ‘a polemical essay’
    • ‘The polemical evolutionists are right about the truth of evolution.’
    • ‘To join in polemical games with such people is foolish.’
    • ‘Certainly, ideological and polemical magazines have been very important, but they tend to be short term.’
    • ‘While the novel is full of terse, vivid and polemical writing, the author neglects to create a fulfilling narrative.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And so what if the films they produce are more street-smart, more professional, less nakedly polemical?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My figures go up when I speak of tragedy or use a strong polemical tone.’
    • ‘Some of the writing may be a little polemical, but it covers a lot of ground with solid information.’
    • ‘As statement that would be ok if it were an op-ed or a polemical essay.’
    • ‘Consequently, the students' writing is frequently polemical, abstract and coded.’
    • ‘Any factional battles, such as they were, were carried on more in the polemical articles of the critics.’
    • ‘Good bloggers tend to be acerbic, prolific, polemical, and good in short spurts.’
    • ‘These official reports were certainly propaganda in that they were bitterly 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.’
    • ‘There is no reason why good polemical writing cannot be considered expository in the literal meanings of both words.’
    • ‘Is radical political speech always to be conceived as forceful and polemical?’
    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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