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

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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 Judge Kavanaugh is on the other side of that great divide. Fox News, "Kavanaugh's high school friend reacts to fiery testimony," 28 Sep. 2018 One of the greatest divides is generational; that will hardly heal if oldies sit out the experience. The Economist, "If national service is so good, everyone should do it," 5 July 2018 The great divide in that room, the divide between the white liberals on the one hand and the black activists on the other, was really about this choice between pragmatism and radicalism, between incrementalism and revolution. Sean Illing, Vox, "What a 1963 RFK-James Baldwin meeting teaches us about race in Trump’s America," 8 June 2018 On the other side of our great divide, the Red State #MAGA voter from the Deep South has more in common with a UKIP-voting Brexiter in Leeds, or a Putin-supporting Russian nationalist, than with his metropolitan compatriots. Antonio García Martínez, WIRED, "How Facebook Binds, and Shatters, Communities," 11 May 2018 Or try to reconcile the great divide between a broken family. George Diaz,, "Patrick Reed Masters dysfunctional family drama not out of bounds," 9 Apr. 2018 There's often a great divide between those who feel drawn to poetry in adolescence and those who enjoy it throughout adulthood. Elizabeth Lund, Houston Chronicle, "Everything you ever wanted to know about poetry (but were afraid to ask)," 9 Mar. 2018 While detailing the nation’s great divide and disparities between blacks and whites, King was constantly heckled and interrupted. Kimberly Hayes Taylor, Detroit Free Press, "King's visit to Grosse Pointe High School to be commemorated Monday with playing of speech," 14 Jan. 2018

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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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