Usage examples for divisive

  1. This done, the same economic motive- which, while the capital remained in private hands, was a divisive influence tending to destroy that public spirit which is the breath of life in a democracy- became the most powerful of cohesive forces, making popular government not only ideally the most just but practically the most successful and efficient of political systems. – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  2. The longest, most divisive war in our history was winding toward an unhappy conclusion. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
  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. The divisive force of Protestantism seemed to have spent itself. – Modern Religious Cults and Movements by Gaius Glenn Atkins
  5. The practical interest prevailed over the infinitely divisive forces of the speculative reason. – Roman Society from Nero to Marcus Aurelius by Samuel Dill
  6. The Generall Assembly having taken to their serious consideration, that perfidious Band made and contrived lately in the North, under the name of An humble Remonstrance, against our Nationall Covenant, and the League and Covenant of the three Kingdoms; Which tendeth to the making of division and fomenting of Jealousie within this and between both Kingdoms, to the prolonging of these unnaturall Warrs, to the impeding of the intended Uniformity in Religion, and to the subversion of all the happie ends of our covenants: And finding that George Earle of Seafort hes not only most perfidiously himself subscribed the said wicked Band, contrary to his solemne Oaths in the Covenants aforesaid, and most arrogantly, owned the same under his owne hand writing in his letters to the Committee of Estates, and to the Commissioners of the preceding Assemblie; But also hes seduced and threatned others to subscribe that divisive Band, and to joyne with him in prosecution of his treacherous and wicked designes, therein masked with the pretences of Religion and libertie; boasting also the pursuance of that his Remonstrance against all deadly the opposers thereof, whether King or Parliament. – The-Acts-Of-The-General-Assemblies-of-the-Church-of-Scotland by Church of Scotland. General Assembly
  7. The problem, therefore, is to promote this economic internationalism and to limit as far as possible the disturbing influence of the divisive national interests. – American World Policies by Walter E. Weyl
  8. 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
  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. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 1- 9. There is nothing more divisive than wealth. – My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year by John Henry Jowett
  16. 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