divisive

[d_ɪ_v_ˈaɪ_s_ɪ_v], [dɪvˈa͡ɪsɪv], [dɪvˈa‍ɪsɪv]

Definitions of divisive:

  1.   Forming division or distribution; creating division or discord. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2.   Creating division or discord. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3.   Forming division or separation: creating discord. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.

Quotes for divisive:

  1. As I was coming up on the stage, there was one source that could make or break you, the New York Times. Inevitably there would be one actor singled out for a better review, or worse, than somebody else. The effect of that was cancerous, divisive – Kevin Bacon
  2. A lot of attention has been going to social values- abortion, gay rights, other divisive issues- but economic values are equally important. – Robert Reich
  3. The war in Iraq has been extremely divisive here at home, and has also divided the world community. – Adam Schiff
  4. Unity and secularism will be the motto of the government. We can't afford divisive polity in India. – Manmohan Singh
  5. The great men of a nation reach out to all mankind. They are unifying, not divisive internationally conciliating and still great nationally. – Gustav Stresemann

Usage examples for divisive:

  1. One field and one tool to each man seems to be the maxim of this divisive philosophy- if that can be called a philosophy which discards unity as a worn- out metaphysical conception, and separates not only men but the arts, occupations, and skills from each other by impassable gulfs. ” – Essays On Work And Culture by Hamilton Wright Mabie
  2. As unique you have nothing in common with the other any longer, and therefore nothing divisive or hostile either; you are not seeking to be in the right against him before a third party, and are standing with him neither " on the ground of right" nor on any other common ground. ” – The Ego and His Own by Max Stirner
  3. New and divisive questions which lead only to faction are propounded so that the voters are confused. ” – Humanly Speaking by Samuel McChord Crothers
  4. But such an alliance could occur only in the first stages of a pan- colored war of liberation while the pressure of white world- predominance was still keenly felt and before the divisive tendencies within the brown world had begun to take effect. ” – The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
  5. It remains something like a miracle that the members of Paul's churches could ever be brought together, and that their consciousness of oneness could ever overpower the tremendous divisive forces. ” – Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V) by Alexander Maclaren
  6. The practical interest prevailed over the infinitely divisive forces of the speculative reason. ” – Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius by Samuel Dill
  7. Yet while we have worked to advance national aspirations for freedom, a divisive force has been at work to divert that aspiration into dangerous channels. ” – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  8. Even an attempt to unite upon an expression concerning the Wilmot Proviso was regarded as so divisive that it was not permitted to come to a vote. ” – The Life and Public Service of General Zachary Taylor: An Address by Abraham Lincoln
  9. “ For my own part, I promised, as all ministers do at their ordination, never, directly or indirectly, to endeavour her subversion, or to follow divisive courses, but to maintain her unity and peace against error and schism, whatsoever trouble or persecution might arise; and now, in agreement with my solemn ordination engagements, have I determined to hold by her to the last. ” – Leading Articles on Various Subjects by Hugh Miller
  10. Sin is essentially the endeavour to live for the finite, the separative, the divisive as opposed to the infinite, the whole- ward, the All. ” – The New Theology by R. J. Campbell

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