Definition of secession in English:

secession

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state.

    ‘the republics want secession from the union’
    • ‘When the Civil War came along, this area of the South opposed secession.’
    • ‘It could also spark further claims for secession from other ethnic groups.’
    • ‘In addition, perhaps as high as 40 percent of white Southerners had opposed secession.’
    • ‘Texas secessionists organized lynch mobs across the state to murder anyone who opposed secession.’
    • ‘However, the concern of aboriginal peoples is precipitated by the asserted right of Quebec to unilateral secession.’
    • ‘He rejected the radical branch of the party that advocated secession in defense of states' rights and slavery.’
    • ‘A first modification allows for unilateral secession of border regions.’
    • ‘Thus, the actual reason for the South's secession was racism.’
    • ‘Through a moral equivalent of Civil War, we must prevent this secession from taking place.’
    • ‘There can be no such thing as a peaceable secession.’
    • ‘A few traders advocated secession, but most were unionists.’
    • ‘They are likely to fear that federalism might lead to secession.’
    • ‘Khartoum has argued that the clause paves the way for the south's immediate secession.’
    • ‘All opposed secession but in the end backed the Confederacy.’
    • ‘Every Indian leader has feared that if Kashmir breaks away then it could set off other movements for secession from the Indian state.’
    • ‘In 1861, southern secession freed Republicans from the pressure to compromise to preserve the Union.’
    • ‘They threatened secession if the colony did not join the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘He talks of other theories proposed by historians to explain Southern secession.’
    • ‘None of the candidates questioned Georgia's secession from the former Soviet Union.’
    • ‘Thus some nationalism has involved movements that aim to break up existing states, through secession or fragmentation of various forms.’
    withdrawal, break, breakaway, separation, severance, schism, apostasy, leaving, quitting, split, splitting, disaffiliation, resignation, pulling out, dropping out, desertion, defection
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    1. 1.1historical The withdrawal of eleven southern states from the US Union in 1860, leading to the Civil War.
    2. 1.2
      variant of Sezession

Origin

Mid 16th century (denoting the withdrawal of plebeians from ancient Rome in order to compel the patricians to redress their grievances): from French sécession or Latin secessio(n-), from secedere ‘go apart’ (see secede).

Pronunciation

secession

/sɪˈsɛʃ(ə)n/