One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘this is not just a polemic against injustice’
diatribe, invective, denunciation, denouncement, rant, tirade, broadside, attack, harangue, verbal onslaught
condemnation, brickbats, criticism, admonishment, admonition, abuse, stream of abuse, stricture, tongue-lashing, castigation, reprimand, rebuke, reproof, reproval, upbraiding
informal knocking, blast
British informal slating
2polemics‘skilled in polemics’
argumentation, argument, debate, contention, dispute, disputation, discussion, controversy, altercation, faction, wrangling
1‘reviewers were put off by Maynard's polemic tone’
critical, hostile, bitter, polemical, virulent, vitriolic, venomous, waspish, corrosive, biting, caustic, trenchant, cutting, acerbic, sardonic, sarcastic, scathing, acid, sharp, keen, tart, pungent, stinging, astringent, incisive, devastating, piercing
rare acidulous, mordacious
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