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Classifying people, objects or concepts as two polar opposites, especially "right" and "wrong"; dichotomous and inflexible.

The pseudo-community of enemies in The Day the Earth Stood Still consists of politicians, the military, and businessmen, whereas the pseudo-community of friends, the element that complements the enemies and reinforces the black-and-white morality of paranoia (Cameron, "Revisited" 56), is composed of scientists, women, and children.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'black-and-white':

black-and-whiteOf art, a photograph or photography, using shades of grey/gray rather than colour/color.
black-and-whiteOf a television or monitor, displaying images in shades of grey/gray rather than colour/color.
black-and-whiteAlternative form of black and white
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