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 The deep fissures in our society that run along the lines of race, gender and education deepened, and the great divide between those companies that are tech savvy and those that are not widened. David Meyer, Fortune, "Looking back at a momentous year," 18 Dec. 2020 So why not set aside the great divide and all the hollow gestures that go with it, for now, and focus on our real problems and needs? Star Tribune, "Impeachment isn't helping the nation move on from Trump," 14 Jan. 2021 The chief described what happened next as the great divide, a time when navigating the middle ground between police and protesters turned treacherous. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "A Local Police Chief Struggles to Bridge 2020’s Bitter Divisions," 11 Dec. 2020 The great challenges of our time—like climate change, COVID-19, and racial injustice—are perceived as almost entirely different realities on either side of the great divide. David Meyer, Fortune, "A nation divided," 5 Nov. 2020 The ones telling me to narrow the great divide by respecting the perspectives of the Trumpists in my life. Andrew Cohen, The New Republic, "What Do We Do About All These Trump Supporters?," 3 Nov. 2020 This group of quarterbacks highlights the NFL's great divide. Star Tribune, "Rapid QB evolution — more Lamars and Deshauns, fewer Kirks and Toms — will define this NFL season," 10 Sep. 2020 There has been a great divide between the best and worst stock-market sectors this year. William Power, WSJ, "U.S.-Stock Funds Rose 5.5% in August," 5 Sep. 2020 The great divide ended last week, though, with Xavier's first week of summer practice. Adam Baum, The Enquirer, "'We're back. We're a team.' Xavier's basketball coaches discuss the first week of practice," 4 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of great divide was in 1868

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16 Feb 2021

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“Great divide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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