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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divisively adverb
divisiveness noun

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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 Once wildly popular after his two terms as president from 2003 to 2011, Lula has become a more divisive figure amid the massive Car Wash corruption scandal. Jill Langlois, latimes.com, "Brazil's judges duel over whether to release former President Lula from prison," 9 July 2018 Ibrahimovic’s confidence, his swagger, once made him a divisive figure. Rory Smith, New York Times, "By His Absence, Zlatan Ibrahimovic Makes Sweden Stronger at the World Cup," 3 July 2018 His victory in the Sunday election would mark a triumphant return to center stage for Uribe - a divisive figure whose tenure in the 2000s was marred by allegations of links to deadly right-wing paramilitary groups. Anthony Faiola, chicagotribune.com, "'D.C. Colombian' squares off against former guerrilla as Colombians vote," 17 June 2018 The saga has turned Ramaswamy into a uniquely divisive figure in an industry more prone to circling wagons than ostracizing pariahs. Damian Garde, STAT, "Sign up for our BIO in 30 Seconds newsletter," 6 June 2018 The Murdochs are divisive figures in Britain and control not only Sky but also News Corp., which runs some of the country’s most popular newspapers. BostonGlobe.com, "UK clears way for bidding war between Comcast and Disney over Sky," 5 June 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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