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