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  • adj. Being or pertaining to a divisive belief whereby those outside one's immediate circle are regarded as enemies.

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Examples

  • It is a cause for sorrow at our continued inability to realize that there is no such thing as us-and-them, that whatever we do to cause harm to one will harm us all.

    Should We Have Celebrated Osama Bin Laden's Death?

  • If you have ever used us-and-them language to divide sets of people into "normative" heterosexual cultures and "others," you may be part of the reason Tyler Clementi is dead.

    Gareth Higgins: Tyler Clementi's Death: We're All Part of the Problem

  • It is hardly an exaggeration to say that "us-and-them" seeing, and the dualistic thinking that results, is the foundation of almost all discontent and violence in the world.

    Fr. Richard Rohr: Mysticism In Religion: Three Ways to View the Sunset

  • It is hardly an exaggeration to say that us-and-them seeing, and the dualistic thinking that results, is the foundation of almost all discontent and violence in the world.

    Fr. Richard Rohr: Mysticism In Religion: Three Ways To View The Sunset

  • However this attitude, that there is a genuine us-and-them division between Muslims (or people who 'look' like muslims) and the rest of the world leads to profiling that does itself a disservice.

    Tony Blair: The Next Labour Prime Minister?

  • Mindfulness meditation teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn believes, "We have to learn how to put out the welcome mat for our own shadow side, because when we suppress it, we project it onto others and we get the us-and-them syndrome: We are right and they are not, so let's kill them before they kill us."

    Ed and Deb Shapiro: Why Do We Treat Each Other with Such Disregard and Disrespect?

  • And, yes, I think that 9/11, in some respects, is overblown in that it feels like the symbolism has been hijacked and used for political purposes and used to stir up negativity and to kind of divide us into us-and-them camps.

    Op-Ed: Nine Years On, 9/11 Legacy Is Divisiveness

  • My reasons for picking this out as an example are because it came along fortuitously, because there's the meat of critique in there to contrast with that narrative, and because using this sort of review surely cuts across the us-and-them rhetoric of "elitists" and "populists".

    More Pretentiousness

  • But Hillary seems to prefer a divisive, us-and-them, negative campaign.

    Happy Hour Roundup

  • Instead he analyses the situation through the lens of SF, making the point that the brutal and oppressive measures that had been adopted were the result of fear and ignorance, an urgent need to distill complex issues down to a hopelessly naive black-and-white, us-and-them situation.

    HARM by Brian W. Aldiss

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