Etymology
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polemicist (n.)

"one given to controversy," 1859, an American English formation parallel to polemist (1825), from Greek polemistēs "a warrior," from polemizein "to wage war, to make war," from polemos "war," a word of unknown origin.

Origin and meaning of polemicist
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Definitions of polemicist

polemicist (n.)
a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology);
Synonyms: polemist / polemic
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