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Definition to separate, align or orient something into opposites — especially to get people to take firmly different opinions

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  • It is difficult to reach compromise on such a polarizing issue.
  • Their campaign strategy is to use this issue to polarize and upset the public so they will vote.
  • polarize light waves
  • The atmosphere in Phoenix became more polarized in the years following Stinky's victory.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • Beyond the general anti-media sentiments in the South, the death penalty was particularly polarizing.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • At any moment the extremes of feeling might be anti-polarized at the dinner table.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I reject categorically such polarized thinking.
    Gerald R. Ford  --  A War That is Finished
  • You can track every polarizing issue in this country to religion.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • The sunlight seemed polarized and heavy.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Slightly polarized but good enough.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Given Walt's need to exert control and Chris's extravagantly independent nature, polarization was inevitable.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It gave out no light, properly so called, but a dull and sullen glow without reflection, as if all its rays were polarized.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  MS. Found in a Bottle
  • They wore shiny, textured grayblue suits and wide ties and sported long sideburns and slightly too large brown-tinted polarizing glasses.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • In the developing world, however, this difficult, polarizing debate is mostly just a distraction.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • Somehow, out in space, the light of the sun had been polarized by two crossed fields so that no radiation could pass.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood's End
  • They're just trying to make us angry, to polarize us.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Before Edward's return, my school friends had polarized into two groups.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Polarization.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • THE FIRST EFFECT of the cosmogonic emanations is the framing of the world stage of space; the second is the production of life within the frame: life polarized for self-reproduction under the dual form of the male and female.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • He was frightened by the violent turn the struggle had taken, polarizing everyone into two extremes and leaving the center to a flighty, indecisive group that was waiting to see who the winner might be so they could vote for him.
    Isabel Allende  --  The House of Spirits

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