secession

noun
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

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Leaders in France and Germany remain firmly committed to the European project, but with Britain on the brink of secession, Italy and Poland mutinous and Hungary defiant, the outlook is dimming. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Incredible Shrinking Europe," 11 Feb. 2019 Dodik, who has advocated the secession of the Bosnian Serb autonomous region and joining Serbia, is running for a Serb seat in Bosnia's three-member presidency. Fox News, "US embassy denies meddling in Bosnian election," 27 Sep. 2018 The new Spanish government minister tasked with managing the Catalonia region’s secession movement said Saturday, June 9, 2018 that constitutional reform would help end the country’s worst political crisis in nearly four decades. Washington Post, "Spanish minister: Constitution is way to handle Catalonia," 9 June 2018 Catalonia’s separatist political parties, which hold seats in Spain’s Parliament, have failed to garner support to amend the Spanish Constitution to allow a vote on secession. Joseph Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Separatists launch ‘autumn of protests’ on Catalonia Day," 11 Sep. 2018 Spanish officials have criticized Catalan President Quim Torra, a separatist, for saying that Slovenia’s secession from Yugoslavia in 1991 was the roadmap for the Catalan independence movement. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spanish government warns of security takeover in Catalonia," 11 Dec. 2018 The new Spanish government minister tasked with managing the Catalonia region's secession movement says constitutional reform would help end the country's worst political crisis in nearly four decades. Fox News, "Spanish minister: Constitution is way to handle Catalonia," 9 June 2018 Rick Perry jokingly advocate for secession, and went on to lead dozens of activist trainings, government protests, and campaign activities for Americans for Prosperity, a Tea Party organization, in Texas. Cindy Mallette, Vox, "In a year of hyperpartisanship, I did the unthinkable — I changed my mind about politics.," 20 Dec. 2018 The presence of Spain’s national police or civil guard officers in Catalonia is a highly contentious issue, even more so because of their role in the violent crackdown on the Oct. 1, 2017 secession vote. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spanish government warns of security takeover in Catalonia," 11 Dec. 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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secession

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English Language Learners Definition of secession

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

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