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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Catalonia remained part of Spain but the secession attempt unfolded the worst crisis in more than four decades of Spanish democracy. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to breach gap over secession," 9 July 2018 Catalonia remained part of Spain but the secession attempt unfolded the worst crisis in more than four decades of Spanish democracy. Aritz Parra, The Seattle Times, "Spanish, Catalan leaders meet to bridge gap over secession," 9 July 2018 New York's history is riddled with secession attempts: The state's western counties, northern counties, Staten Island, Long Island and New York City itself have all wanted at one time or another to form independent states. Caroline Simon, USA TODAY, "California is trying to break apart. It isn't the first state to try.," 13 June 2018 An opponent of secession before the Civil War and a man of exceeding dignity, Waddell had been one of the first Democrats elected to Congress in the state as Reconstruction began to lose its hold on coastal North Carolina in 1870. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "What real patriotism looks like," 4 Apr. 2018 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

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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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