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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Examples of disunity in a Sentence

troubling signs of disunity within the normally peaceful organization
Recent Examples on the Web But some senators raised objections, worrying that some of their colleagues would not want to sign on, a result that would expose disunity among Republicans. BostonGlobe.com, "WASHINGTON — It was only a few weeks ago that the top Senate Republican was hinting that his chamber would make short work of impeachment.," 20 Oct. 2019 Alongside the obvious potential for disunity, however, a strong tug toward unity might be felt. Jim Lardner, The New Yorker, "Something for the Democrats to Try at the Debates: a Little Togetherness," 12 Sep. 2019 With that license, Mr. Chakrabarti has become an unelected symbol of the party’s growing disunity, as Democrats try to coalesce as a party before what promises to be a punishing fight next year for the White House. Catie Edmondson, New York Times, "Top Ocasio-Cortez Aide Becomes a Symbol of Democratic Division," 13 July 2019 The shows of disunity that Johnson encountered this week in his kingdom-wide tour were a far cry from the United Kingdom actually dissolving under the strain of Brexit. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, "First job for new leader of the United Kingdom: Keeping the kingdom united," 2 Aug. 2019 After Pelosi caved to demands from moderates and put a Senate bill opposed by liberals on the floor for a vote, some liberals turned on the moderates in an ugly and very public display of disunity, unloading on them for supporting the legislation. Washington Post, "Twin challenges on budget, trade test withering Pelosi and Trump relationship," 10 July 2019 The vote came after a striking display of Democratic disunity and was a setback for Ms. Pelosi. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "House Passes Senate Border Bill in Striking Defeat for Pelosi," 27 June 2019 The rebels’ disunity made Western support skittish. Nabih Bulos, latimes.com, "Syrian rebel leader’s death spurs debate about his legacy," 11 June 2019 Recess, disunity and a grim veto threshold In theory, lawmakers are the best guard against executive overreach. Mark Niquette, Fortune, "Trump's Mexico Tariffs Are Coming: Why It's So Hard to Stop Them," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of disunity

1632, in the meaning defined above

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“Disunity.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disunity. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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