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dichotomy
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Definition a classification into two categories
  • We discussed the dichotomy between eastern and western culture.
  • He presents a false dichotomy when he says "America — love it or leave it." He acts as though we can't want to improve it.
  • In America, we do not see a multi-generational dichotomy of "haves" and "have-nots."
  • "... represents a real dichotomy of art and salvage," she was saying in her Art History Major voice as she passed us on the stairs.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • It was a real dichotomy, and I don't think a lot of people understood it.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • The shooter confronting Puller had blurred this dichotomy.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • As you doubtless know, sir, one of the great problems of our culture has been the dichotomy between art and science.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • This was part of the dichotomy of the man—the rough-cut diamond.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • But the dichotomy of love and disdain living side-by-side is what surprises me.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • And as I read back what I've written, I know that the answer to these questions is itself a dichotomy: motherhood.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • In a stable society that functions well enough to hold in solution the contradictions between its classes, the cultural dichotomy becomes somewhat blurred.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • But right now I just want to use a dichotomy and explain it later.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • We're Dichotomous Lemur now," said Eric, stepping forward.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Colin saw the Dumper/Dumpee dichotomy on a bell curve.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • The dichotomy was reminiscent of the religion Thomas vaguely remembered from his dreams.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • This dichotomous couple, this sun and moon, this curandera and biologist, dreamer and realist, fire woman and water man, molded me; these two sides created a life-long conflict in my breast.
    Luis J. Rodriguez  --  Always Running
  • Perhaps what she meets in the cave is instead Nothingness, albeit some years before Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, and the existentialists of the 1950s and 1960s articulate the dichotomy between, in Sartre's terms, Being and Nothingness.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • At base, it is a simple dichotomy: there are the coerlfolc, the teeming mass of common people who make up humanity's great bulk, and there is the hidden branch—the crypto-sapiens, if you will—who are called syndrigast, or "peculiar spirit" in the venerable language of my ancestors.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • I loved the smooth-watered fifties, when I worried about the top-ten tunes and the homecoming queen, when I looked to Elvis for salvation, when the sharp dichotomy between black and white lay fallow and unchallenged, and when the World Series still was the most critical event of the year.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • "Ah yes, Vogonity—sorry—of the poet's compassionate soul"—Arthur felt he was on the homestretch now—"which contrives through the medium of the verse structure to sublimate this, transcend that, and come to terms with the fundamental dichotomies of the other"—he was reaching a triumphant crescendo—"and one is left with a profound and vivid insight into ... into ... er ..."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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