coalition

noun
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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Other Words from coalition

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

Synonyms for coalition

Synonyms

bloc, block, body, faction, party, sect, set, side, wing

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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.
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Public anger over the alleged corruption contributed to the shocking election defeat of Najib’s long-ruling coalition in May 2018, and the new government reopened investigations that had been stifled while Najib was in office. Washington Post, "‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer charged in Malaysian scandal," 5 July 2019 Public anger over the alleged corruption contributed to the shocking election defeat of Najib's long-ruling coalition in May 2018, and the new government reopened investigations that had been stifled while Najib was in office. chicagotribune.com, "‘Wolf of Wall Street’ producer charged in Malaysian scandal," 5 July 2019 But the influx of African Americans and others who moved to the East Bay to work in the shipyards and other industries during World War II recast the city and contributed to a progressive coalition that pushed for school desegregation. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "Kamala Harris rode the buses that integrated Berkeley schools," 1 July 2019 Power House is a reproductive justice coalition in Montgomery, which is run by a Yellowhammer board member, Mia Raven. al.com, "Alabama’s Yellowhammer Fund faces growing pains amid flood of donations," 30 June 2019 The event at Loyola’s Greenville Hall marked the launch of a coalition to stop solitary confinement in the state by 2028. Emily Lane, nola.com, "‘Their voices are clear’: Report looks at life in solitary at Louisiana prisons, calls for reform," 27 June 2019 The committee invited a coalition of community leaders that helped outline the duties of the task force to speak at the meeting. William Langhorne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee officials announce local effort to address climate change and economic inequality," 27 June 2019 The local media spend the week—in a state where 23 of 30 districts are ravaged by drought—reporting the intricate details and absurdities of a shaky, coalition government run by the Congress and the Janata Dal (S). Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019 He has been accused of corruption, failed to assemble a coalition after winning a recent election and now must campaign in another race in September. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Sara Netanyahu, wife of Israel’s prime minister, sentenced for corruption," 16 June 2019

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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

noun

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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