co·a·li·tion | \ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən \

Definition of coalition 

1a : the act of coalescing : union the coalition of water vapor into raindrops

b : a body formed by the coalescing of originally distinct elements : combination They formed a coalition with downtown merchants.

2 : a temporary alliance of distinct parties, persons, or states for joint action A multiparty coalition ruled the country.

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Other Words from coalition

coalitionist \-ˈli-sh(ə-)nist \ noun

Examples of coalition in a Sentence

The groups united to form a coalition. A multiparty coalition ruled the country. The group is working in coalition with other environmental groups.
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To be sure, conservative Catholics are a part of that Republican coalition, but a much smaller part than white evangelical Protestants. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Why all the anti-Catholic conspiracy-mongering?," 9 July 2018 The event, which was organized by the Families Belong Together coalition, took place in all 50 states, with rallies throughout the country featuring empowering speeches, moving musical performances, and, of course, a plethora of colorful signs. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Best Signs From the Families Belong Together Marches," 30 June 2018 Likely among them: FC Cincinnati President Jeff Berding, who led a coalition in the late 1990s that fought then-Mayor Roxanne Qualls' efforts to raise the ticket tax. Jason Williams,, "PX column: What's Mayor John Cranley's next step in politics? See which office it won't be," 22 June 2018 None of this could have happened without the broad economic sanctions of Trump’s international coalition with Chinese pressure, plus credible displays of military force last year, and the campaign’s continuation even now. Andrew Malcolm,, "An inside look at the Trump-Kim summit," 21 June 2018 Next steps include a website and social media effort, which are essential to knit any new coalition into shape. John Schmid, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Marquette trying to form massive coalition in effort to treat community's trauma," 7 June 2018 Lega was running together with former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right Forza Italia, and most assumed that Berlusconi’s camp would come out ahead to lead the coalition. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Five Things to Know About Italy's Populist Coalition Government," 18 May 2018 So far, however, the Trump administration has spent more time attacking these other countries’ trade practices than trying to organize a coalition against China. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Can the US-China trade war be stopped? 11 experts weigh in.," 8 July 2018 The coalition against the proposal that came together over the past month was similar to defenders of net neutrality in the United States, a mix of corporate giants and open internet activists. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Tech Giants Win a Battle Over Copyright Rules in Europe," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of coalition

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coalition

French, from Latin coalescere — see coalesce

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English Language Learners Definition of coalition

: a group of people, groups, or countries who have joined together for a common purpose

: the action or process of joining together with another or others for a common purpose

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