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  • Half way through the book it changed from a dispassionate history to a polemic.
  • She published a polemic arguing that orchestras are now on "the sidelines of culture" and that their decline is "unstoppable".
  • He [Luther] also wrote a polemic against Archbishop Albrecht, which forced him to desist from reopening the sale of indulgences...
    Martin Luther - Wikipedia  -- 05/20/06)
  • …in that cauldron of historical allusions and dialectical hypotheses and religious imperatives and legal precedents and anthropological propositions the smoky, ominous presence of a single word—repeated several times—which quite baffled and confounded and frightened her, appearing as it did in this otherwise persuasively practical text, this clever polemic which voiced with breezily scurrilous mockery the sly propaganda she had half heard more than once over the Bieganski dinner table.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • They strike me as polemical, as angry indictments of Afghan gender roles.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Learn to demolish your brotherly opponents with ideas, with polemic skill.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • But d’Artagnan took very little heed of the eloquent discourse of M. Bazin; and as he had no desire to support a polemic discussion with his friend’s valet, he simply moved him out of the way with one hand, and with the other turned the handle of the door of Number Five.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • With reference to the military side—the plan of campaign—that work of genius of which Thiers remarks that, "His genius never devised anything more profound, more skillful, or more admirable," and enters into a polemic with M. Fain to prove that this work of genius must be referred not to the fourth but to the fifteenth of October—that plan never was or could be executed, for it was quite out of touch with the facts of the case.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • …appropriate simile—was the features of stubborn and ponderous endurance, which might well have amounted to obstinacy in his earlier days; of integrity, that, like most of his other endowments, lay in a somewhat heavy mass, and was just as unmalleable or unmanageable as a ton of iron ore; and of benevolence which, fiercely as he led the bayonets on at Chippewa or Fort Erie, I take to be of quite as genuine a stamp as what actuates any or all the polemical philanthropists of the age.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • My father’s little library consisted chiefly of books in polemic divinity, most of which I read, and have since often regretted that, at a time when I had such a thirst for knowledge, more proper books had not fallen in my way since it was now resolved I should not be a clergyman.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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  • The second of them, no polemic, murmured quieter things: Why should we faint, and fear to live alone, Since all alone, so Heaven has will’d, we die?
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • I sometimes believed her marriage views, except that they weren’t polemical, were similar to Mimi’s.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • She had no opinions on anything more polemic than woolen union-suits, a topic on which Mrs. Howland discoursed for five minutes.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • She reflected; and with her acute memory for the letter of Angel Clare’s remarks, even when she did not comprehend their spirit, she recalled a merciless polemical syllogism that she had heard him use when, as it occasionally happened, he indulged in a species of thinking aloud with her at his side.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • She grew provoked at the doctrines of religion; the arrogance of the polemic writings displeased her by their inveteracy in attacking people she did not know; and the secular stories, relieved with religion, seemed to her written in such ignorance of the world, that they insensibly estranged her from the truths for whose proof she was looking.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Whether he shall be put into the main road by constables, or by beadles, or by bell-ringing, or by force of figures, or by correct principles of taste, or by high church, or by low church, or by no church; whether he shall be set to splitting trusses of polemical straws with the crooked knife of his mind or whether he shall be put to stone-breaking instead.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • At the very least, this trial should create a national polemic on the evils of slavery.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • It’s as if Rogelio’s response has justified every polemic.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • At another sits the polemical divine, plodding and wrangling in his mind about Adam’s fall in which we sinned, all as his primer has it.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • The words merely serve the pictures of the subject in question, employing the facts for the tabloid polemic of how a city should be run, justice served.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • Down to Jefferson’s day it was almost wholly polemical, and hence lacking in the finer values; he himself, an insatiable propagandist and controversialist, was one of its chief ornaments.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Fiedler, knowing no doubt that the danger of a subsequent countercharge was inherent in such cases, was protecting his own back; the polemic would go down in the record and it would be a brave man who set himself to refute it.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • "Dag’s book is a polemic aimed at the people who are making money from trafficking.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • "I became suddenly aware," Kennedy adviser Richard Goodwin will later write, "that Bobby’s harsh polemic reflected the president’s concealed emotions, privately communicated in some earlier, intimate conversation.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • He wished he could go back home and take part, for he was sure this was the catalyst they had been seeking to detonate an open, nationwide polemic on slavery.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
  • Had he been in my opinion a good preacher, perhaps I might have continued, notwithstanding the occasion I had for the Sunday’s leisure in my course of study; but his discourses were chiefly either polemic arguments, or explications of the peculiar doctrines of our sect, and were all to me very dry, uninteresting, and unedifying, since not a single moral principle was inculcated or enforc’d, their aim seeming to be rather to make us Presbyterians than good citizens.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Plato’s polemic against the sophists has persuaded generations.
  • In a play on Clausewitz’s statement, "War is merely the continuation of policy by other means," he said "terrorism is the continuation of a religious polemic by other means."
  • Many polemical descriptions of Islam have focused critically on the Islamic concept of jihad.
    Islam - MSN Encarta  -- 05/21/06)
  • exclaimed little Alice, who contrived to feel a human interest even in these discords of polemic divinity.
    Hawthorne, Nathaniel  --  Grandfather’s Chair
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