dis·​uni·​ty (ˌ)dis-ˈyü-nə-tē How to pronounce disunity (audio)
: lack of unity
especially : dissension

Examples of disunity in a Sentence

troubling signs of disunity within the normally peaceful organization
Recent Examples on the Web So about that disunity (Kyusung Gong / Associated Press) To their credit, Oladejo and Heimlicher showed courage in not only acknowledging the rift but also offering suggestions for how to fix it. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 The diplomatic disunity and operational vulnerabilities that plague the organization now will likely persist or worsen as global divisions widen. Richard Gowan, Foreign Affairs, 9 Nov. 2023 Gallant was desperate for a last-minute compromise, concerned about military disunity. Ruth Margalit, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 Israel’s own defense minister warned that Hamas was poised to exploit Israel’s domestic disunity, but his counsel was ignored in the lead-up to the invasion. Dan Raviv, Time, 10 Oct. 2023 Read full article The discord between the party’s elite and its voters leaves Democrats confronting a level of disunity over a president running for reelection not seen for decades. Lisa Lerer, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 On the topic of the potential of GPT-4 and its successors to wreak civilizational havoc, there’s similar disunity. Eliza Strickland, IEEE Spectrum, 21 June 2023 The lack of personal trust among these loyalists may cause disunity and spark rivalries. Minxin Pei, Foreign Affairs, 21 Nov. 2022 Human Rights Watch urged the G20 leaders not to let international disunity over Ukraine distract them at the summit from the other issues. Adam Schreck and David Rising, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disunity was in 1632

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“Disunity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disunity. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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dis·​uni·​ty dish-ˈü-nət-ē How to pronounce disunity (audio)
: lack of unity
especially : dissension

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