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polarizing

[ poh-luh-rahy-zing ]
/ ˈpoʊ ləˌraɪ zɪŋ /
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adjective
tending to divide people into sharply opposing factions: Here are some tips to keep polarizing political discourse from disrupting your workplace.
causing polarization of light or similar radiation: If there is glare, you can use a polarizing filter on the camera to reduce or even remove it.
causing magnetic or electric polarity in a body or system: The control system consists of a feedback loop that uses real-time polarizing electric fields as a controlling force.
noun
the act, fact, or practice of dividing people into sharply opposing factions: If rational argument fails, he can always fall back on the techniques of mockery and polarizing.
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Also especially British, po·lar·is·ing .

Origin of polarizing

polariz(e) + -ing2 for the adjective senses; polariz(e) + -ing1 for the noun sense

OTHER WORDS FROM polarizing

non·po·lar·iz·ing, adjective
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