(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
[di VIY siv]
causing disgreement or discord.
The meeting was tense and divisive.
SYN.: negative, fault-finding, dissenting, sowing the seeds of dissension, at odds, alienating, disaffecting, discordant, hostile, nasty, disrupting, segregating.
ANT.: uniting

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