Words at Play : Simple But Intelligent Word Choices, Vol. 2

#7: Dichotomy 

Definition:

a division into two mutually exclusive or contradictory groups or things

Words It Might Replace:

split, division, contrast

Example:

"But ballet, with its built-in dichotomy of gender roles (women alone rise on point, men alone may do the partnering), has a romantic tension that can seem poignant, even tragic." – Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, July 4, 2011

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