di·vi·sive | \ də-ˈvī-siv also -ˈvi- or -ziv \

Definition of divisive 

: creating disunity or dissension a divisive issue divisive rhetoric

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Other words from divisive

divisively adverb
divisiveness noun

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In an era of divisive, cutthroat politics, people have become jaded about our country’s early years, Wong says. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great American attractions overlooked by locals," 10 July 2018 Part of what made the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign so successful was its use of constantly tweeting bots to amplify divisive posts, inflame political tensions and mislead voters. Derek Hawkins, Washington Post, "The Cybersecurity 202: Twitter's fake account purge can help turn the tide against influence campaigns," 9 July 2018 The new punishments include sanctions on the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm that produced divisive political posts on American social media platforms during the 2016 presidential election. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Russian Sanctions: What Took So Long?," 15 Mar. 2018 State Police officials suspended Trooper Matthew Sheehan, a 13-year veteran of the department, without pay Friday for writing the controversial, divisive posts. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "State trooper accused of posting racist comments online suspended," 3 Mar. 2018 The company has also been criticized by users and the political leaders over the fact that fake accounts linked to Russia churned out divisive posts and interacted with Americans in the lead up to the recent U.S. presidential election. Tom Huddleston Jr., Fortune, "Sheryl Sandberg Talks Facebook's Response to 'False News'," 28 Feb. 2018 The post now has hundreds of replies as people within Middletown and from elsewhere debated immigration, divisive rhetoric and national politics. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Middletown Republicans Outraged After Drew Calls Chair Racist In Facebook Post," 13 July 2018 The current political climate, with its divisive rhetoric and harmful policies, does not represent my values or the values of most Charlotteans. Jim Morrill And Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "After flurry of criticism, Charlotte council will vote on deals for RNC convention," 11 July 2018 Meanwhile, with just a few short months to go until the 2018 midterm elections, Democrats are already ramping up their divisive rhetoric surrounding President Trump's upcoming Supreme Court pick, and so much more. Fox News, "Gowdy to Schiff: GOP doesn't give a damn what you think," 6 July 2018

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1642, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of divisive

: causing a lot of disagreement between people and causing them to separate into different groups

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