contentious argument that is intended to establish the truth of a specific belief and the falsity of the contrary belief
A polemic is an argument or controversy made against one opinion, doctrine, or system, in support of another, or a person who engages in such disputes.
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- To get to know a truth properly, one must polemicize it.
- Novalis, quoted in The Viking book of aphorisms by Wystan Hugh Auden (1962) p. 323