Definition of secession in US English:

secession

noun

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

    ‘the republics want secession from the union’
    • ‘However, the concern of aboriginal peoples is precipitated by the asserted right of Quebec to unilateral secession.’
    • ‘Every Indian leader has feared that if Kashmir breaks away then it could set off other movements for secession from the Indian state.’
    • ‘He rejected the radical branch of the party that advocated secession in defense of states' rights and slavery.’
    • ‘It could also spark further claims for secession from other ethnic groups.’
    • ‘Thus, the actual reason for the South's secession was racism.’
    • ‘He talks of other theories proposed by historians to explain Southern secession.’
    • ‘Texas secessionists organized lynch mobs across the state to murder anyone who opposed secession.’
    • ‘When the Civil War came along, this area of the South opposed secession.’
    • ‘They are likely to fear that federalism might lead to secession.’
    • ‘They threatened secession if the colony did not join the Commonwealth.’
    • ‘Khartoum has argued that the clause paves the way for the south's immediate secession.’
    • ‘In 1861, southern secession freed Republicans from the pressure to compromise to preserve the Union.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A few traders advocated secession, but most were unionists.’
    • ‘None of the candidates questioned Georgia's secession from the former Soviet Union.’
    • ‘There can be no such thing as a peaceable secession.’
    • ‘All opposed secession but in the end backed the Confederacy.’
    • ‘Thus some nationalism has involved movements that aim to break up existing states, through secession or fragmentation of various forms.’
    • ‘A first modification allows for unilateral secession of border regions.’
    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 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

/səˈsɛʃən//səˈseSHən/