from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A sharply divisive political issue, especially one that is raised by a candidate or party in hopes of attracting or disaffecting a portion of an opponent's customary supporters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A discussion point or a difference in points of view which is particularly likely to be controversial and a source of discord between discussants or other involved parties; a difference in viewpoints which causes disharmony within a political or social group.


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