dis·​union (ˌ)dis-ˈyü-nyən How to pronounce disunion (audio)
: the termination of union : separation
disunionist 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 By this time, the founders had already witnessed firsthand the deadly centrifugal forces of disunion acting upon the Continental Congress. Time, 3 July 2023 George Washington, John Adams, James Madison, and the rest accomplished these stunning feats not only in spite of the tactical advantages of the British army and navy, but also in spite of the overwhelming centrifugal forces of disunion and civil wars that were acting on them every day. Time, 3 July 2023 The Series is just one emblem of a larger state of disunion. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2023 Sectarianism, in turn, instantly evokes an additional set of very different cautionary tales: Ireland, the Middle East and South Asia, regions where religious sectarianism led to dysfunctional government, violence, insurgency, civil war and even disunion or partition. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 The Baptists weren't the only large denomination to break over slavery in the two decades before the war (the Methodists, who were then the most populous Protestant body, went first), and those breaks accelerated the severance of social and political ties that made disunion plausible. Bonnie Kristian, The Week, 16 June 2021 But not every publicly expressed fear of disunion should be counted as evidence of a real and imminent threat. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, 1 Sep. 2020 Over the next three years, the country descended into disunion, followed by civil war. David W. Blight Max-O-Matic, New York Times, 21 Dec. 2022 Johnson’s government now says this arrangement is tearing the kingdom apart, creating disunion and strife. William Booth, Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disunion was in the 15th century

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“Disunion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disunion. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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dis·​union dish-ˈü-nyən How to pronounce disunion (audio)
: the ending of union : separation
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