Pronounced: roor-ih-TAY-nee-uhn, adj

Notes: I recognized the source of the word, but didn’t get the meaning right

Yesterday’s word

The word polemic, as a noun, means “someone or something that is controversial”. As an adjective, it means “something that is controversial, argumentative, or contrarian”. The form polemical can be used as the adjectival form.

First usage

This word came into English in the early 1600s

Background / Comments

Our word came into English from the French word polémique (disputatious; argumentative). The French word came from the Greek word polemikós (of or for war), which is made up of pólemos (war) combined with -ikos (having some characteristics of).

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