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Rhetorical vs. Polemic

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Rhetoricaladjective

Part of or similar to rhetoric, the use of language as a means to persuade.

‘A rhetorical question is one used merely to make a point, with no response expected.’;

Polemicnoun

A person who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.

Rhetoricaladjective

Not earnest, or presented only for the purpose of an argument.

Polemicnoun

An argument or controversy.

Rhetoricaladjective

Of or pertaining to rhetoric; according to, or exhibiting, rhetoric; oratorical; as, the rhetorical art; a rhetorical treatise; a rhetorical flourish.

‘They permit him to leave their poetical taste ungratified, provided that he gratifies their rhetorical sense.’;

Polemicnoun

A strong verbal or written attack on someone or something.

Rhetoricaladjective

of or relating to rhetoric;

‘accepted two or three verbal and rhetorical changes I suggested’; ‘the rhetorical sin of the meaningless variation’;

Polemicadjective

Having the characteristics of a polemic.

Rhetoricaladjective

concerned with effect or style of writing and speaking;

‘a rhetorical question is one asked solely to produce an effect (especially to make an assertion) rather than to elicit a reply’;

Polemicadjective

Of or pertaining to controversy; maintaining, or involving, controversy; controversial; disputative; as, a polemic discourse or essay; polemic theology.

Polemicadjective

Engaged in, or addicted to, polemics, or to controversy; disputations; as, a polemic writer.

Polemicnoun

One who writes in support of one opinion, doctrine, or system, in opposition to another; one skilled in polemics; a controversialist; a disputant.

‘The sarcasms and invectives of the young polemic.’;

Polemicnoun

A polemic argument or controversy.

Polemicnoun

a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)

Polemicnoun

a controversy (especially over a belief or dogma)

Polemicadjective

of or involving dispute or controversy

Polemicnoun

a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something

‘his polemic against the cultural relativism of the Sixties’; ‘a writer of feminist polemic’;

Polemicnoun

the practice of engaging in controversial debate or dispute

‘the history of science has become embroiled in religious polemics’;

Polemicadjective

another term for polemical

Polemic

Polemic () is contentious rhetoric intended to support a specific position by forthright claims and to undermine the opposing position. Polemics are thus seen in arguments on controversial topics.

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