polemical or polemic

polemical or polemic
po|lem|i|cal or polemic [ pə`lemıkl ] adjective FORMAL
using or supported by strong arguments:
a polemical movie/book/essay

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • polemic — [pō lem′ik, pəlem′ik] adj. [Fr polémique < Gr polemikos < polemos, war < IE * pelem < base * pel , to shake, cause to tremble > L palpitare, to tremble] 1. of or involving dispute; controversial 2. argumentative; disputatious: Also …   English World dictionary

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  • polemic — I UK [pəˈlemɪk] / US noun Word forms polemic : singular polemic plural polemics formal 1) [countable] a strong statement of opinion, especially negative opinion 2) polemic or polemics [uncountable] the practice or skill of making strong… …   English dictionary

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