/peuh lem"iks, poh-/, n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the art or practice of disputation or controversy: a master of polemics.
2. the branch of theology dealing with the history or conduct of ecclesiastical disputation and controversy. Cf. irenics.
[1630-40; see POLEMIC, -ICS]

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