dis·​union | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈyü-nyən How to pronounce disunion (audio) , dish- \

Definition of disunion

1 : the termination of union : separation

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disunionist \ (ˌ)dis-​ˈyü-​nyə-​nist How to pronounce disunionist (audio) , dish-​ \ noun

Examples of disunion in a Sentence

in the 19th century the volatile issue of slavery resulted in the disunion of several Protestant denominations
Recent Examples on the Web And without national feeling — and a desire to convince one’s countrymen — discussion, far from venting conflicts, is bound to bring opposing groups to the brink of catastrophic disunion. Alexis Carré, National Review, "What Is ‘National Conservatism’?," 18 Feb. 2020 The fall of Rome had costs, and American disunion might have its own price. Fred Bauer, National Review, "The Perils of a Dis-United States," 10 Oct. 2019 For Adams to undermine that settlement risked disunion. Timothy Sandefur, National Review, "The Anti-Slavery Constitution," 12 Sep. 2019 Were threats of disunion from South Carolina and Georgia credible? Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "How Proslavery Was the Constitution?," 6 June 2019 But our physical theories remain riddled with disunions, holes and inconsistencies. Quanta Magazine, "Theories of Everything, Mapped," 3 Aug. 2015 If the convention is called, the disunion that has become a faith in some conservative quarters will run amok. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Why Do the Koch Brothers Want a Convention of States?," 8 Jan. 2018 Disunion was an opportunity to regain sovereignty, prosperity and security. David Goldfield, New York Times, "How the Charleston Elite Brought on the American Civil War," 21 Apr. 2017 Despite clear signs of disunion within the Conservative camp, their embarrassment was allayed courtesy of Jeremy Corbyn who, as usual, amicably failed to put up a fight. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Queen Elizabeth Gives Brexit Her Royal Assent," 16 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of disunion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disunion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disunion. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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