co·​a·​li·​tion | \ ˌkō-ə-ˈli-shən How to pronounce coalition (audio) \

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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coalitionist \ ˌkō-​ə-​ˈli-​sh(ə-​)nist How to pronounce coalition (audio) \ noun

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web After the Supreme Court’s attack on the EPA raised the stakes for state and local action on climate, our coalition here in Rhode Island wasted no time in leading by example. Patrick Crowley,, 28 July 2022 Draghi tendered his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella, who rejected a similar resignation offer last week, after his ruling coalition fell apart. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 But his government of national unity imploded Wednesday after members of his uneasy coalition of right, left, and populists rebuffed his appeal to band back together to finish the Italian Parliament’s natural term. Nicole Winfield, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2022 Mattarella last week rejected Draghi's first attempt to resign, urging him to continue trying to revive his coalition. Harold Maass, The Week, 21 July 2022 Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, an investor favorite, submitted his resignation to the president on Thursday after losing the support of several key parties in his governing coalition. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 21 July 2022 The German Green Party remains at loggerheads with the rest of its governing coalition, maintaining its fervently anti-nuclear stance even as the Green Party Energy Minister now begrudgingly imports coal. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 18 July 2022 Draghi tendered his resignation as Italy’s prime minister after his coalition collapsed due to differences over how to respond to the fallout of the war in Ukraine, leaving the eurozone’s third-largest economy in political crisis. WSJ, 15 July 2022 But in early 2021, Conte was pushed out as part of a fight within his own coalition just as Italy was trying to ramp up its coronavirus vaccination campaign. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 See More

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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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“Coalition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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