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Curious. The Canadian OED says something like:
tending to divide, esp in opinion.

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From: "Brian O'Sullivan" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: Eliot and Unitarianism


> Carroll said
>
> > To be devisive is
> > to set people who (allegedly) should be friends at enmity with each
> > other.
>
> Although that's pretty much what I think of when I hear the word divisive,
I
> was interested to find that the OED Online gives, as the first definition
of
> "divisive*," the following:
>
> "having the quality or function of dividing; causing or expressing
division
> or distribution; making or perceiving distinctions, analytical."
>
>
> To me, that actually seems fairly close to what Diane means; I think she;s
> saying that Eliot's poetry has "the quality or function or dividing" man
> from god, or it "makes or perceives distinctions" between those
metaphysical
> parties.
>
> The meaning Carroll refers to is given second: "Producing or tending to
> division, disunion, dissension, or discord."
>
> Brian
>
> *The OED Online gives no results for "devisive."
>
>
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