se·​ces·​sion | \ si-ˈse-shən How to pronounce secession (audio) \

Definition of secession

1 : withdrawal into privacy or solitude : retirement
2 : formal withdrawal from an organization

Examples of secession in a Sentence

the secession of the Southern states
Recent Examples on the Web After appeals to remove the roadblock were denied by federal officials, Key West’s then-Mayor Dennis Wardlow led local leaders in staging the tongue-in-cheek secession, proclaiming the independent Conch Republic and raising its royal blue flag. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 This is a mission explicitly tied to Brexit and the threat of Scottish secession, the two great revolutionary challenges facing the British state. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 19 June 2022 Slavery’s domination of American political institutions appeared to be so unbreakable that states’ rights—or, for some, secession from the Union—seemed to be the only hope for insuring a refuge for freedom. The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 White supremacy almost destroyed the nation during antebellum slavery, triggered secession, treason and a catastrophic Civil War where over 600,000 Americans perished. Peniel E. Joseph, CNN, 16 May 2022 The bill would prohibit acts of treason, secession, sedition and subversion against China. Robert Olsen, Forbes, 8 May 2022 In a 44-page manifesto released last week, Mr. Lee said his priority would be to enact Article 23 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, prohibiting acts of treason, secession, sedition or subversion against Beijing. New York Times, 6 May 2022 The 40th anniversary celebration of the Florida Keys’ symbolic secession from the United States, motivated by a 1982 U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint established on the only road connecting the Keys with mainland Florida, has begun in Key West. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 But secession slashed tariff receipts by eliminating busy Southern ports and by launching a fleet of Confederate privateering vessels on the seas. Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of secession

1604, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for secession

Latin secession-, secessio, from secedere

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“Secession.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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