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

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Recent Examples on the Web But Carey’s memoir reflects this disjuncture on the level of its form. Emily Lordi, The New Yorker, "The Elusive Mariah Carey’s New Memoir," 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, "Elena Ferrante’s New Novel Is a Suspenseful Story About the Sins of Parents," 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, "The May Jobs Report Doesn’t Say What We Think It Says," 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, "Review: In ‘We’re Gonna Die,’ Pop Songs for the Reaper," 25 Feb. 2020 This disjuncture was particularly vivid on the right. Elbridge Colby, National Review, "A Republican Foreign Policy," 5 Dec. 2019 The intimacy burns cleanly, drawing its fuel from Romanticist color and movement and its oxygen from modern disjuncture. Washington Post, "Degas had a gift for conveying the truth — even when he was making it all up," 1 Nov. 2019 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

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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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“Disjuncture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disjuncture. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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