v. split into opposite extremes or camps
The abortion issue will polarize the country into pro-choice and anti-abortion camps.
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It was the curse of mankind that these incongruous fagots were thus bound together that in the agonised womb of consciousness, these polar twins should be continuously struggling.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde By Robert Louis Stevenson Context
He showed me also, in one of his books, the figures of the sun, moon, and stars, the zodiac, the tropics, and polar circles, together with the denominations of many plains and solids.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift Context
As for the white shark, the white gliding ghostliness of repose in that creature, when beheld in his ordinary moods, strangely tallies with the same quality in the Polar quadruped.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
Duncan had no other guide than a distant glimmering light, which served, however, the office of a polar star to the lover.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper Context