se·ces·sion | \si-ˈse-shən \

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

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The regional chapters of Spain's two leading labor unions, along with other civil society groups, supported the protest despite the complaints from some members who don't want secession for Catalonia. Joseph Wilson,, "Huge rally in Barcelona to demand jailed separatists go free," 15 Apr. 2018 Puigdemont used the skewed results to announce Catalonia’s secession. Ian Bremmer, Time, "The 5 Most Wanted Geopolitical Fugitives of 2018," 30 Jan. 2018 Ethiopia, landlocked since the secession, has a strategic interest in a critical Eritrean port, Assab. Selam Gebrekidan, New York Times, "Ethiopia and Eritrea Declare an End to Their War," 9 July 2018 Another unilateral attempt at secession is highly unlikely in the medium term. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "German Court Authorizes Extradition to Spain of Catalonia’s Former Leader," 12 July 2018 Polls and election results show that Catalonia’s 7.5 million residents are roughly split down the middle by the question of secession. Washington Post, "Spanish minister: Constitution is way to handle Catalonia," 9 June 2018 In late October 2016, in Nederland, Tex., the Texas Nationalist Movement got a Facebook message from someone representing a group called Heart of Texas, which planned to organize rallies in favor of Texas secession on the eve of the election. Scott Shane, New York Times, "How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online," 18 Feb. 2018 Spain has refused to allow an official referendum on secession by the Catalonia region, whose leaders tried and failed to declare independence last year. Fox News, "Spain: Thousands form human chain for Basque secession vote," 10 June 2018 Catalonia has been marred by largely peaceful protests for more than six months, since a bid for secession from Spain began in earnest. Aritz Parra,, "Roads blocked in Catalonia to protest leader’s detention," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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: the act of separating from a nation or state and becoming independent

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