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Word to the Wise: Dichotomy

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dichotomy (noun) [pronounce: dai-ko-to-my] – a division into two things, parts or groups that don’t go together

dichotomous (noun) – divided into two things, parts or groups that don’t go together

dichotomously (adverb) – divided into two things, parts or groups that don’t go together

dichotomousness (noun) – the quality that something is divided into two things, parts or groups that don’t go together. This word isn’t used!

Here are some examples of how you can use it:

The dichotomy between the people who have a job and the unemployed is getting bigger.

There isn’t always a sharp dichotomy between the opinions of the government and the opposition parties.

Conventional medicine presupposes the dichotomy of body and mind.

You can’t be both tall and short, but if no one is able to tell you where the border is between tall and short, is tallness and shortness dichotomous?

The Church used to have a dichotomous view of who is good and who is bad.

Your essay shows that you’ve been thinking dichotomously about jobs for men and women.

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