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 Nearly every controversy in the long sordid history of disunity has involved secular authorities manipulating ecclesiastical politics to their own dubious benefit. Matthew Walther, TheWeek, "Pope Francis' news of the millennium," 4 Dec. 2020 Progress on the peace process could remain elusive and drive greater disunity -- and even armed conflict. Helen Regan, CNN, "Despite accusations of genocide, Aung San Suu Kyi's party is on track to win another term in Myanmar," 6 Nov. 2020 Efforts will be made to disrupt Western national self-confidence, to hamstring measures of national defense, to increase social and industrial unrest, to stimulate all forms of disunity. CBS News, "Biden foreign policy adviser Antony Blinken on top global challenges," 23 Sep. 2020 Yet the fear of Democratic disunity, or at least disillusionment, after divisive 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton still haunts the party. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Liberal group relying on policy not personality to mobilize members behind Biden," 4 Sep. 2020 That's quite a claim by the Prime Minister -- because to date, the holy site has caused a lot of violence and disunity. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Why a giant Hindu deity is appearing on Times Square -- and why it's so controversial," 5 Aug. 2020 This effort failed miserably and Republicans made big gains thanks to Democratic disunity. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "The Western Origins of the “Southern Strategy”," 29 June 2020 China moved aggressively to capitalize on EU disunity in the first weeks after the pandemic hit Europe, rushing supplies and specialists to Italy and amplifying a message to Italians that Europeans were not showing solidarity with them. BostonGlobe.com, "UK scientist: Week earlier lockdown could have halved deaths," 11 June 2020 The arrangement, which wasn't a demand of presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, is an attempt to avoid the display of disunity in 2016, when Hillary Clinton was the party's standard-bearer. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Bernie Sanders delegates asked to sign pledge agreeing to play nice at Democratic convention," 21 May 2020

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First Known Use of disunity

1632, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disunity was in 1632

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9 Dec 2020

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“Disunity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disunity. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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