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

Definition of disjuncture

Examples of disjuncture in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Australia’s extreme anti-immigrant turn, which preceded that of the United States by several years, has created a stark disjuncture between what the culture values and what the state allows. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Behrouz Boochani Is One of Australia’s Most Celebrated Writers, But He Can’t Step Onshore," 11 Sep. 2019 Hosoda’s huge ambition results in some disjunctures along the way. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mirai’ Review: On the Cutting Edge of Cute," 29 Nov. 2018 The disjuncture in these views is reflected in the clumsy coalition that runs the state. The Economist, "India’s victories against militants in Kashmir are largely pyrrhic," 12 May 2018 Each describes an evening that a woman in her early 20s spends with a man in his 30s, and the tension in each comes from the disjuncture between what the woman feels and what’s going on around her. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Aziz Ansari, ‘Cat Person,’ and the #MeToo Backlash," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of disjuncture

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disjuncture

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

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