disjuncture

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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 But the disjuncture between how some of us are faring versus others of us has sharpened divisions that were already there before COVID, as have our erratic and inefficient safety nets in a time of crisis. Zachary Karabell, Time, 8 June 2020 What gives its foregone conclusion drama and the possibility of theatricality is the disjuncture between its subject and presentation, which is about as downbeat as a good pop act in a nice local bar. Jesse Green, New York Times, 25 Feb. 2020 See More

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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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18 Jun 2022

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“Disjuncture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjuncture. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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