1. the art or practice of argumentation or controversy 2. the practice of theological controversy to refute errors of doctrine
This is another word that appears in Bob Dylan’s memoir, Chronicles,: “I was sick fo the way my lyrics had been extrapolated, their meanings subverted into polemics and that I had been anointed as the Big Bubba of Rebellion, High Priest of Protest, the Czar of Dissent, the Duke of Disobedience, Leader of the Freeloaders, Kaiser of Apostasy, Archbishop of Anarchy, the Big Cheese.” Sounds pretty angry, doesn’t he? But “Big Cheese”? Couldn’t he do better than that? That was kind of a letdown after Archbishop of Anarchy.