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polemical (comparative more polemical, superlative most polemical)

  1. related to argument or controversy; containing polemic, being polemic
    1. being an attempt to evaluate the arguments comprehensively
      • 1996, Igor Diakonoff; Leonid Kogan, “Addenda et Corrigenda to Hamito-Semitic Etymological Dictionary by V. Orel and O. Stolbova”, in Zeitschrift der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft, volume 146, page 25:
        […] in order to give a comprehensive critical and polemical analysis of the Dictionary in question, a whole book would be needed.
    2. (somewhat derogative) prone to causing disputes; inclined to causing the expression of opposing opinions, disputatious, contentious, edgy
      • 2012, Craig L. Blomberg, Interpreting the Parables →ISBN, page 48:
        Not only are all these allegations worded in an unnecessarily polemical style, they are also simply false
      • 2013, Johannes Zachhuber, Theology as Science in Nineteenth-Century Germany →ISBN, page 57:
        Remarkable here is the rather polemical choice of words []



polemical (plural polemicals)

  1. A diatribe or polemic.

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