People reacted to my ambivalence as if I had just burned an American flag.
A strong note of ambivalence is also present in the conflict over love and duty between Gromov and his wife.
The ambivalence is reflected in U.S. policy, which often has served to complicate aid delivery in conflict zones.
"simultaneous conflicting feelings," 1924 (1912 as ambivalency), from German Ambivalenz, coined 1910 by Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939) on model of German Equivalenz "equivalence," etc., from Latin ambi- "both" (see ambi-) + valentia "strength," from present participle of valere "be strong" (see valiant). A psychological term that by 1929 had taken on a broader literary and general sense.
ambivalence am·biv·a·lence (ām-bĭv'ə-ləns)
The coexistence of opposing attitudes or feelings toward a person, an object, or an idea.