A polemicist is a person who attacks someone else with written or spoken words. A heated debate is the perfect venue for a polemicist.

If you're a polemicist, you have very strong opinions, and you're not afraid to state them — even if they hurt other people. A polemicist might publish a fiery online essay criticizing many of her high school classmates, for example. The word comes from polemic, "a strong verbal or written attack," which has a Greek root, polemikos, "warlike, belligerent, or stirring up hostility."

Definitions of polemicist
  1. noun
    a writer who argues in opposition to others (especially in theology)
    synonyms: polemic, polemist
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    type of:
    author, writer
    writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
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