What is another word for polemical?

Pronunciation: [pɒlˈɛmɪkə͡l] (IPA)

Polemical is a word used to describe something that is related to controversy or intense debate. There are several synonyms for polemical, each conveying a slightly different connotation. For example, combative, argumentative, contentious, and controversial are all synonyms for polemical. These words suggest a degree of hostility or aggression in the way that a person is expressing their opinions. Other synonyms, such as discursive, disputatious, and dialectical, suggest a more measured and structured approach to debate. Regardless of the synonym used, the word polemical is often employed in reference to contentious political or social issues, where there are strong and opposing views on a particular topic.

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What are the opposite words for polemical?

Polemical is an adjective that describes something controversial or contentious. The best antonyms for this word would be terms that describe peace, harmony, or agreement. Some opposite words for polemical could include amicable, conciliatory, cooperative, friendly, pacifistic, or diplomatic. These antonyms imply a sense of cooperation and goodwill towards others, rather than the confrontational, divisive tone typically associated with polemical speech or writing. A writer might choose to use these words to describe a diplomatic or peace-oriented approach to a matter, rather than engaging in a heated debate or argument.

Usage examples for Polemical

If, however, we indulge in the fancy, warranted so far by his describing himself as having been a young "author" in 1683, that Defoe took an active part in polemical literature under Charles and James, we must remember that the censorship of the press was then active, and that Defoe must have published under greater disadvantages than those who wrote on the side of the Court.
"Daniel Defoe"
William Minto
I never heard him speak of the late Mr. Darwin in any but terms of warm respect, and am by no means sure that he would have been well pleased at an attempt to connect him with a book so polemical as the present.
"Luck or Cunning?"
Samuel Butler
As used by Lucretius, they add to our sense of the vividness of the book, of the constant personal address of the author, and of his ardent polemical tone.
"The Roman Poets of the Republic"
W. Y. Sellar

Famous quotes with Polemical

  • Like any other composer of opera, I choose a subject not for polemical reasons, but because it contains vivid characters in highly charged dramatic situations.
    Carlisle Floyd
  • Scholastic learning and polemical divinity retarded the growth of all true knowledge.
    David Hume
  • His style is temperate rather than polemical, allusive rather than dogmatic. He is not easy to pin down. I suspect that, like Michael Oakeshott, he does not believe in conclusions, preferring conversation to meander according to the quality of those taking part. The reader is left with impressions and suggestions, jostling each other for attention. He avoids the catcalls and blazing generalities that pass for debate in today’s cyber world.
    Tony Judt
  • I suppose that I am a very serious poet – except for satirical verse, which I have also been compelled to write, though much of it may be inferior to my more serious poems – perhaps because I am not playful enough by nature, and even my satirical or polemical verse is not entertaining.
    Michael Hamburger
  • It is to be hoped—I mean, I hope—that the poetry I have been writing since 1992 squares up to, takes the measure of, weighs up, the violent evasions and stock affronts of the oligarchy of fraud. I don't, even so, write poems to be polemical; I write to create a being of beautiful energy.
    Geoffrey Hill

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