Classial? Classical? None of these are the answer. What am I supposed to say?

I want to say, "A [insert the right word here] divide," but cannot

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    What meaning of class are you referring to?
    – user 66974
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 18:16
  • Welcome to EL&U. In order for us to answer a question, it needs to be clear about what is being asked, and to demonstrate what efforts you've already made into researching the question. Please take the site tour and review the help center for further guidance. Class has several different meanings, and it is not clear which one you are interested in. The word you want is probably just class, as in class distinction or class convergence.
    – choster
    Commented Aug 10, 2018 at 18:17

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Assuming that you are using "class" to refer to social status, you can, perhaps unexpectedly, just use class in your example sentence:

A class divide.

In the Boston Globe, the article "How the Travel Industry Exploits the Class Divide" makes use of this term:

The class divide is not unique to travel, Terrill said. “There’s a divide in every aspect of life,” she said. “If I go to the mall, there’s a Nieman Marcus and a Saks Fifth Avenue, and I don’t shop there. Instead I’m going to go to Macy’s and hope I can get some things on sale. So is there a divide? Yes. There’s a divide everywhere.”

If, on the other hand, you are referring to "class" in relation to school, then your example sentence would need to be rephrased:

A class divided.
A division in the class.


Assuming you are referring to class as in social or economic class, the correct word is simply "class". In English we often use the phrase "a class divide".


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