bifurcated

adjective
bi·​fur·​cat·​ed | \ ˈbī-(ˌ)fər-ˌkā-təd How to pronounce bifurcated (audio) , bī-ˈfər- \

Definition of bifurcated

: divided into two branches or parts This near-earth asteroid appears as a bifurcated structure, consisting of two distinct lobes that seem to be in contact.— Richard P. Binzel et al. The town is a bifurcated community—two distinct communities in one, really.— Dennis Farney … the strange bifurcated world of whiteness and blackness in which I was born and reared.— William Styron

Examples of bifurcated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Biden’s vice presidential search has taken a bifurcated course so far, with one path unfolding in the open — joint appearances on television or in virtual events with potential running mates — and another in an environment of strict discretion. Jonathan Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden’s vice presidential search gathers steam," 13 June 2020 In our deeply bifurcated world, Forché’s best writing engages in a kind of dialectic, one in which the truth of experience burns as brightly as the author’s intuition and imagination. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, "Carolyn Forché’s Education in Looking," 30 Mar. 2020 Her heroine experiences life in the weirdly bifurcated way that writers often do: feeling the pain while also harvesting it for comedy. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "Lily King’s ‘Writers & Lovers’ delivers pure joy," 4 Mar. 2020 Yes, and not only is there a veneer of beauty, but the character of David, unlike Chiron in Moonlight, lives in a totally bifurcated word. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "Tarell Alvin McCraney Brings His ‘Corner of the World’ to TV in OWN’s ‘David Makes Man’," 12 Aug. 2019 This is understandable, given the bifurcated history of the city, a place generations of mainland residents and refugees have passed through, en route to a better life somewhere else. Suzanne Sataline, The Atlantic, "The Challenge to China From Hong Kong's 'Sense of Country'," 21 May 2020 But American conservatism has always been bifurcated about modernity. George F. Will, New York Times, "The Mind of Conservatism," 1 Apr. 2020 The bifurcated imagery of animal and action — each thing pulling in opposite directions, like water at that geographical point — described the stasis of both that place and my psyche. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Art and the City: Dallas art galleries address themes of self-expression, anxiety, memory and reverence during the pandemic," 19 Apr. 2020 The first three seasons of Saul were a weird bifurcated show — part-time legal dramedy and part-time weak Breaking Bad prequel, jumping between relatively mild-mannered corporate intrigue and ho-hum activities in the criminal underworld. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Better Call Saul vs. Breaking Bad: We decide which is better," 15 Apr. 2020

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1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Bifurcated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bifurcated. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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