great divide


Definition of great divide

: a significant point of division especially : death

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Examples of great divide in a Sentence

many religions claim to know what happens after we cross the great divide
Recent Examples on the Web There has never been a greater divide between the two parties. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "‘You are killing Jews’: Man dragged out of Trump news conference Monday," 4 Feb. 2020 Second, with the great divide in conservative theory, there are those who are anti-Left and those who are anti-state. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Today’s Conservative Divide Pits Anti-State against Anti-Left," 24 Jan. 2020 No, the great divide of our time is between the political agenda of the leadership elite and the great and broad middle of our society. Thomas Meaney, Harper's magazine, "Trumpism After Trump," 20 Jan. 2020 Its promise was to act as the bridge across the great divide of US society, being mainstream enough to connect to the white majority but with a sufficient memory of past torment to connect also to the black minority. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "The Designated Mourner," 7 Jan. 2020 In the world of wine, the great divide is between Bordeaux and Burgundy. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Pick a Side in the Great Red Wine Wars: Bordeaux or Burgundy?," 4 Nov. 2019 The great divide between the two Latins may well be money., "Airbnb cofounder gives back with huge gift to alma mater, Latin Academy - The Boston Globe," 21 Oct. 2019 Lord of leaves and fishes, lead me across this great divide. Barbara Kingsolver, Time, "Read ‘Great Barrier,’ Barbara Kingsolver’s Wrenching Ode to Our Planet," 12 Sep. 2019 Adoption laws show one of the greatest divides – exemplified in a single state: Michigan. Veronica Bravo, USA TODAY, "7 maps show the mess LGBT laws are in the USA," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of great divide

1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for great divide

the Great Divide, North American watershed

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14 Feb 2020

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“Great divide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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