Sunday, March 11, 2007

Polemics (def.)

po-lem'ic, po-lem'ic-al, a. [Gr. polemikos, from polemos, war.]
po-lem'ic, n. 2. an argument or controversial discussion.
po-lem'ics, n. pl. [construed as sing.] 1. the art or practice of disputation or controversy.
2. a dispute.
3. that branch of theological science dealing with the history of ecclesiastical controversy.

po-lem'i-cist, n. a skilled debater or writer of polemic discussions.

po'le-mist, n. an argumentative person.

from Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, deluxe 2nd edition.

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