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Daemon
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polemic

(noun) A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.

Synonyms: tirade, diatribe

Usage: He launched into the polemic, not caring whom he offended or won over, intent only on getting his point across.
Omar Mariani
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Polemic

polemical, argumentatived, controversial, questionable, forceful, combative
Mehrdad77
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A polemic against the danger of secret societies.
Mehrdad77
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Greek polemikos from polemos = war
monamagda
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A polemic is something that stirs up controversy by having a negative opinion, usually aimed at a particular group. A piece of writing can be a polemic, as long as it gets someone's goat.

Polemic comes from the Greek polemikos meaning "warlike, belligerent." It's like challenging someone to a duel of ideas. These days a polemic is usually a piece of writing, such as if the Grinch published a powerful polemic against Christmas. It's like a debate, and philosophers from Nietzsche to Voltaire are known for theirs. The British philosopher John Stuart Mill had this to say about it: "The worst offense that can be committed by a polemic is to stigmatize those who hold a contrary opinion as bad and immoral men."

http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/polemic
pedro
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 8:32:09 AM
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I was searching for this word a couple of days ago but I can't think why.
Dr WWWW
Posted: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 9:45:35 AM

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A local Nobelist, Ivar Giaevar, in a debate on global warming/climate change, defined what he termed "pseudoscience" as presenting data on one side of an issue and ignoring all data to the contrary and all arguments on the other side of the issue. It seems to me that this is also a good definition of the polemic.

By the way, in accord with the terms of the debate he was forced to engage in "pseudoscience" and argue that global warming had not been proved, much less that it was the result of human activity. Nevertheless, he did make the accurate point that in science, no question is ever "settled". The scientist always allows that future information may change the current "orthodoxy"; the current paradigm, like all paradigms of the past, will most likely give way to a new view of how the world works.
d_marx
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I spent five minutes thinking on what my response should be. Then I saw "Polemical" and thought, "Eureka!"
thar
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what do you mean, you didn't mean a pole mic?Whistle
striker
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my mother tirade always frighten me
Fredric-frank Myers
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Most all of the Republican's in the U.S. congress have attacked global warming with a polemic approach, but only because they are receiving payment for their lies.
Irma Crespo
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ROGET´S INTERNATIONAL THESAURUS.- POLEMIC 481.REASONING NOUNS 13. controversialist, disputant, debater, arguer, argufier (coll.), wrangler, mooter, disceptator, pulpuist, eristic; polemic, polemist, polemicist; logomacher, logomachist; parliamentarian. John was a polemic speecker.
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