Difficult Words : Polarize and Polemic

Difficult Words : Polarize and Polemic

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Polemic (puh LEM ik) n: a powerful argument made in refutation of something.

• The book was a convincing polemic that revealed the fraud at the heart of the large corporation.

• Instead of the traditional Groundhog's Day address, the state senator delivered a polemic against the sales tax.

• A polemic is polemical.

Polarize (POH luh RIZE) v: to break up into opposing factions or groupings

• The issue of what kind of sand to put in the sandbox polarized the nursery school class. Some students would accept nothing but wet, while some wanted only dry.

• The increasingly acrimonious debate between the two candidates polarized the political party.

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