Gotta say, not digging this word of the day… Way to let me down, Merriam-Webster.
polemic • \puh-LEM-ik\ • noun1 *a : an aggressive attack on or refutation of the opinions or principles of another b : the art or practice of disputation2 : disputant
Example Sentence: He isn’t striving for objectivity; this book is part history, part polemic.
Did You Know? When “polemic” was borrowed into English from French “polemique” in the mid-17th century, it referred (as it still can) to a type of hostile attack on someone’s ideas. The word traces back to Greek “polemikos,” which means “warlike” or “hostile” and in turn comes from the Greek noun “polemos,” meaning “war.” Other, considerably less common descendants of “polemos” in English include “polemarch” (“a chieftain or military commander in ancient Greece”), “polemoscope” (a kind of binoculars with an oblique mirror), and “polemology” (“the study of war”).