po·​lar·​iz·​ing | \ ˈpō-lə-ˌrī-ziŋ How to pronounce polarizing (audio) \

Definition of polarizing

: causing polarization: such as
a : causing electromagnetic radiation and especially light waves to vibrate in a definite pattern a camera lens equipped with a polarizing filter [= a filter that controls the passage of polarized light in order to reduce reflections, glare, etc.] sunglasses with polarizing lenses
b : causing a physical object (such as a particle or crystal) to enter a state of polarization … applying a polarizing electric field to ferroelectric crystals …— David Ritchie
c : causing strong disagreement between opposing factions or groupings a polarizing political issue As polarizing a figure as there is in the league, he is deified in L.A. and often detested elsewhere, yet not even his detractors can deny his talent or accomplishments.— Chris Ballard Our media's attention often spins around unnuanced, polarizing opinions and hasty, inflammatory statements.— Heather Lanier

First Known Use of polarizing

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Polarizing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polarizing. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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