dis·​junc·​ture dis-ˈjəŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce disjuncture (audio)

Examples of disjuncture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In explaining this disjuncture, hyper-partisanship and filter bubbles surely play some role. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 9 Apr. 2024 But that disjuncture is itself revelatory. Nicole Hemmer, Washington Post, 20 May 2022 Speaking with reporters after the job figures came out, Joe Biden was careful to acknowledge this disjuncture. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 The disjuncture between story and song only heightens the staccato feeling. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 The occasion was political, of course, coming in an election season and at a moment when French people of color are questioning the disjuncture between the national creed of universalism and their experiences of racial discrimination. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, 5 Dec. 2021 Others who are fortunate enough to still have a home will take advantage of the disjuncture to relocate, perhaps to a bigger city or to a place farther away from the water. Jake Bittle, The Atlantic, 3 Sep. 2021 But Carey’s memoir reflects this disjuncture on the level of its form. Emily Lordi, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2020 The pleasure for the reader is often in spotting those moments of disjuncture that Ferrante flags for us, where the narrative is partial or incomplete. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, 25 Aug. 2020

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Word History


Middle English, modification (influenced by Latin disjunctus) of Anglo-French desjointure, from desjoint disjoint

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of disjuncture was in the 14th century

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“Disjuncture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjuncture. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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