dis·​uni·​ty | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈyü-nə-tē How to pronounce disunity (audio) , dish-\

Definition of disunity

: lack of unity especially : dissension

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troubling signs of disunity within the normally peaceful organization

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In the longer term, the eurozone is held back by political disunity and a focus on fiscal discipline. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "The Region That Keeps Disappointing Investors," 31 Dec. 2018 The threat to the United States of America has always been disunity. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rigging of American politics," 16 Oct. 2018 Back in Britain, crusty old Tories like Birkenhead and Churchill crowed at every display of Indian disunity, which enabled them to claim that India could be united only under the British Raj. Ferdinand Mount, WSJ, "‘Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World’ Review: The Prophet as Politician," 1 Nov. 2018 My purpose is to set myself, my family and many others, free from the patriarchal white supremacist social paradigm that has rendered us inferior, placed Black women at the bottom of the pyramid, and kept us stuck in cycles of disunity. Ebonee Davis, Harper's BAZAAR, "Model Ebonee Davis on How Suffering Leads to Power," 3 Nov. 2017 Zimbabwe’s political landscape is still plagued by disunity. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Zimbabwe’s new opposition leader faces vote," 19 Mar. 2018 Putin wants to peel away American allies in Europe – and signs of disunity at this week’s NATO summit only serve Putin’s interests. Joshua Tucker, Washington Post, "Will it be ‘happy talk’ — or will Trump and Putin focus on arms control and other critical issues?," 13 July 2018 The crisis is our increasing disunity, and the thinning of a shared sense of the national dream. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Republicans Need Artists, Not Economists," 12 Apr. 2018 The prolonged disunity was increasingly exasperating for some businesses, which have fretted that the disarray raises the chance that the U.K. will crash out of the EU without a deal. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Theresa May Forges Apparent Unity in Cabinet Over Brexit Plan," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of disunity

1632, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of disunity

: the state of not being able to agree about important things : lack of unity

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