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The name Self-Arming Group isn't as [...] as Gun Club, but controversial nevertheless.

What word can I use in the example above?

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Inflammatory might work here. –  medica Aug 29 at 4:11
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I'm inclined to think in the opposite direction. In my book, Self-Arming Group isn't as neutral as Gun Club, but controversial nonetheless. –  Jim Aug 29 at 4:58
    
Also consider phrases that contain terms like in your face, confrontational, out there, edgy, blatant. –  jwpat7 Aug 29 at 5:01
    
How about incendiary? I also think contentious sounds good. –  Mary Aug 29 at 5:02
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Have you looked at a thesaurus? –  oerkelens Aug 29 at 7:29

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Polarizing - In the world of politics, polarization (or polarisation) can refer to the divergence of political attitudes to ideological extremes.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polarization_(politics)

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Controversial. The adjective you want is controversial. Your sentence then would simply be saying that the one is more controversial than the other. But anyway that's what controversial means: likely to cause controversy or causing controversy.

But if you are just looking for a synonym for controversial, then ask for that (but you could look it up).

  • arguable
  • contentious
  • debatable
  • disputable
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Using controversial for the blank in the sentence might be stylistically interesting, though, because it appears again a few words later. –  Andrew Leach Aug 29 at 6:50

contentious -

: likely to cause people to argue or disagree

: involving a lot of arguing

: likely or willing to argue

Source http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contentious

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I think the word objectionable could work in your sentence. The online Oxford English Dictionary defines it as:

Arousing distaste or opposition; unpleasant or offensive.

So your sentence would be: The name Self-Arming Group is not as objectionable as Gun Club, but controversial nonetheless.

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+1 for the word. Even though I think that nobody in a Gun Club would care enough about being PC to actually refer themselves as a Self-Arming Group- They're a Gun Club. –  Jim Aug 29 at 5:02
    
Reference, please. –  tchrist Aug 30 at 21:26

inflamatory adj. tending to excite anger, disorder, or tumult

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/inflammatory

The name Self-Arming Group isn't as inflamatory as Gun Club, but is controversial nevertheless.

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The name Self-Arming Group isn't as conspicuous as Gun Club, but controversial nevertheless.

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