V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a separation of different or contradictory things

Synonyms: contradiction, bifurcation, division


Tips: Dichotomy is derived from the Modern Latin and Greek dikhotomia, literally “cutting in two." Dichotomy is usually used to describe two contradicting elements of the same person or thing (see usage examples).

Usage Examples:

The company’s financial statements presented a unique dichotomy; the company had an increase in income, but a decrease in revenue. (contradiction)

There was both an increase in unemployment and an increase in consumer confidence, creating an interesting economic dichotomy. (contradiction)

Advertising agency employees run the gamut from account executives in suits to creative executives in jeans and t-shirts, creating a unique cultural dichotomy. (division)

His mother represented the strong dichotomy he saw between men and women. (division)

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