V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: involving controversy

Synonyms: controversial, argumentative, disputatious, trouble-making, contentious, quarrelsome

Antonyms: agreeable, passive

Tips: Polemical is is derived from the Greek polemos, which means "war." Polemical describes things that are warlike--controversial and argumentative. The noun polemic refers to controversy, debate, or contention, while a polemicist is a person who is skilled at arguing and would make a good debater.

Usage Examples:

The book is polemical, criticizing the President and his administration. (controversial)

Bringing up controversial topics will usually cause heated polemics. (debate, argument) noun

I was asked to be on my high school debate team because I was a polemicist. (person skilled at debate) noun

Her polemical statements usually shocked those around her, but she just made them for the sake of argument. (controversial, contentious, argumentative)

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