Polemos is the mythological Greek spirit of war — and that includes battle and combat. Polemic
, which is all about arguing, can be used as an adjective or as a noun:
- Adjective: Of or involving dispute; controversial. Argumentative; disputatious.
- Noun: An argument or controversial discussion. A person inclined to engage in argument or disputation.
In The Three Musketeers, Aramis's servant (Monsieur Bazin) tries to block the door when d'Artagnan approaches:
But d'Artagnan took very little heed of the eloquent discourse of Monsieur 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 [opened the door and] went into the chamber.